As well as being more fuel efficient, the new V6s also get a computerised Active Service System which takes into account wear and tear on the engine and oil and flags up service intervals. The entire range benefits from a more advanced traction control system plus improved security, one-touch electric windows with safety stop and a new electronic ignition key. Additionally, Mercedes' 'intelligent' braking system will be fitted. Finally, the E-class gets an automatic child seat detection system which deactivates the passenger airbag if a Mercedes child seat is used in the front.
Sample on-the-road prices: E200 Classic £25,945, E230 Elegance £30,675, E280 Avantgarde £35,600, E250D Classic £26,825, E300DT Elegance £32,640, E200 Avantgarde estate £27,845, E320 Elegance estate £40,890.