2024 Mercedes E-Class L Flaunts Hood Ornament And Stretched Wheelbase
China-only elongated sedan makes an early appearance. In case you haven't noticed, Mercedes has gradually reduced the number of models still offered with the classic hood ornament. Depending on where you live, the three-pointed star is still available on some vehicles, including the S-Class and its Maybach sibling. Speaking of extra-long sedans, the new E-Class L will be keeping the prestigious badge based on images that have emerged ahead of the model's official debut.
Much like the C-Class L launched a couple of years ago in China, its bigger brother is going to get a classic grille design and a hood ornament. Revealing photos have been published on the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's website as part of the vehicle's homologation process. Mercedes didn't introduce the E-Class L at last month's Auto Shanghai 2023, so the local premiere is likely to take place in the coming months.
The MIIT document reveals China's 2024 E-Class L measures a generous 5092 millimeters (200.4 inches) in length, which makes it 143 mm (5.6 in) longer than the global version. Its wheelbase has been stretched by 133 mm (5.2 in) to a massive 3094 mm (121.8 in). It tips the scales at 1,940 kilograms (4,276 pounds).
As for power, Mercedes will sell the more spacious E-Class as an E 260 L with 201 hp (150 kW) along with an E 300 L rated at 255 hp (190 kW). Both have a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine. The base version will top out at 146 mph (235 km/h) whereas the more potent variant will reach 152 mph (245 km/h).
The E-Class L will go up against other luxury saloons that have had their wheelbases stretched for greater rear legroom: Jaguar XFL, BMW 5 Series Li, Audi A6L, and the oddball A7L sedan.