A Look Back at the History of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class D’Iberville

Even if you are familiar with the current Mercedes-Benz E-Class models, that doesn’t mean you know where they came from. The E-Class actually dates back decades to well before it was even known as the E-Class since it is based on the original Mercedes-Benz sedan. The first model carrying the E-Class name arrived in 1986 with the W124 model. This sedan was completely new with a revised structure and lighter yet sturdy construction materials, like high-strength steel.

Original Mercedes-Benz Engine and More

The 1986 E-Class included the 300E and 300D. The first of these had a new 3-liter gas engine with 177 horsepower, while the 300D had a 3-liter turbodiesel with 148 horsepower. This model came standard with numerous accessories that were previously options, such as an alarm system, headlamp washers, central power locking, antilock brakes, power windows, and driver-side front airbags.

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Makeover

The next generation of the E-Class arrived for the 1996 model year with its four elliptical headlights that showed off the iconic styling for Mercedes-Benz models of the time. The skin was more aerodynamic, and the model increased by 1.3 inches in the wheelbase and 2.2 inches overall. The E320 joined the lineup with a 3.2-liter engine and 217 horsepower. Later that model year, the E420 sedan came back with a 275-horsepower 4.2-liter V8.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2003 Makeover

A more recent makeover for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class came for the 2003 model year with new styling. The E320 got its familiar 3.2-liter engine with 221 horsepower, and the E500 arrived with a 5-liter V8. This was also the first time the E-Class had two windshield wipers.

Whether you are interested in the most recent E-Class models or want to drive a used Mercedes-Benz E-Class around D’Iberville, Mississippi, the team at Mercedes-Benz of South Mississippi can assist you. We can answer any questions you have about the E-Class. We can even help you figure out which model and year meet your needs and budget best.