After a slight delay, the new 2017 Mercedes E-Class is on its way to dealers across the country and should be on most lots by the end of the weekend.
Mercedes is now delivering models to dealerships after getting the final thumbs up from U.S. regulators this week. The vehicles had been sitting in holding areas waiting for the green light. Mercedes isn’t commenting on the specifics of the holdup.
“I can only offer that regulatory agencies around the world are taking a closer look at the certification process for all new vehicles which can impact launch timelines,” Mercedes-Benz spokesman Rob Moran told Automotive News in an email.
The new 10th-generation E-Class is a huge launch for Mercedes. It’s arguably the most technology-packed sedan out there today and comes with semi-autonomous driving technology. The system is called“Drive Pilot” and it can steer itself up to 130 miles an hour.
The technology doesn’t end there. The E-Class also introduces touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel. They can be swiped like a smartphone to control the infotainment system. A touch pad in the center console can also recognize handwriting. The E-Class is also thinking ahead of its time by shipping with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology.
We do have to point out not all the models are on sale, yet. Some of them, like the new E400 Wagon, won’t arrive until next year.
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