Let’s start off with the all-new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Mercedes will show off the entire sedan in January when it debuts at the Detroit Auto Show. But this week it’s giving us a sneak peak of the interior, which borrows heavily from the pricier S-Class.
The first thing you notice is the ginormous 12.3 inch dual-screen dash available on the upper trim model. There’s so much real estate, drivers can customize where they want the graphics to display on it.
The Benz will also be the first vehicle ever to get dual-thumb touchpad controls on the steering wheel, which makes it one of the most tech-advanced models, too. They’re designed to allow smartphone style swiping without taking your hand off the steering wheel. We expect new autonomous driving technology to debut as well. Plus, drivers can choose from 64 LED ambient lighting colors.
“With the interior of the new E-Class, we are giving a new interpretation to the concept of contemporary luxury,” says Hartmut Sinkwitz, Head of Interior Design. “We have designed a spacious and intelligent interior. True to Mercedes-Benz’s design philosophy of sensual purity, it employs technological innovation and high-grade equipment to create an exceptionally emotive experience for driver and front passenger. The E-Class thus not only sets a new standard in the business class. Alongside a workplace and private environment, it also becomes a “third place” – a living area in which passengers are able to enjoy contemporary luxury.”
The new E-Class will make its world premiere January 11th.
2016 NORTH AMERICAN CAR AND TRUCK/UTILITY OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
The winners of the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year will also be announced in January. The finalists were announced this week and it’s definitely an interesting race in both categories this year.
Car of the Year Finalists
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Chevrolet is just now launching the 2016 Malibu and it’s an important model. That’s because Chevy hopes to right all the wrongs that came with the 8th generation model. It didn’t fare so well. One reason is that it was so small. Chevy’s lengthened the new model and it’s also about 300 pounds lighter, too.
- Honda Civic
- Honda completely redesigned the 10th generation Civic. It’s sportier and Honda hopes it gets people excited about the Civic again. So far, it seems to be working.
- Mazda MX-5 Miata
- The 4th generation lighter, tighter Miata may not be fast, but it’s fun. It has a shorter wheelbase and drops its ride height by almost an inch compared to its predecessor.
- Truck/Utility Of The Year Finalists
- Honda Pilot – The new 2016 Honda Pilot was all the buzz at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year. Honda finally did something with it in the styling department and, as Jerry the Car Pro says in his review, it’s finally a Pilot we can love.
- Nissan Titan XD – The Nissan Titan XD is crashing Detroit’s heavy-duty pickup party. The XD is Nissan’s first new truck in a decade. It has a towing capacity of more than six tons. The Mississippi-built truck arrives in dealerships this month.
- Volvo XC90 – Volvo did everything right with this all-new much-talked about flagship SUV, also recently reviewed by the Car Pro. One of its new safety features is technology that can detect large animals in the road.
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