April 5, 2005

Mercedes-Benz shows new E350 sedan and wagon

Vancouver, B.C. – Mercedes-Benz displayed the new 2006-model E350 sedan and wagon at the Pacific International Auto Show. The E350 is powered by a new-generation 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower – a 20 percent increase over the 3.2-litre engine. The 2006 E350 sedan and wagon will replace the previous E320 models.

2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan
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The 3.5-litre V6 features four valves per cylinder, double-overhead
camshafts and variable valve timing for both intake and exhaust valves.
This powerplant represents the first time Mercedes-Benz has used
double-overhead camshaft technology on its V6 engines.

The E350 and E500 rear-drive models come equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The seven-speed transmission improves
acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h by up to 0.3 seconds and allows
significantly quicker acceleration in highway passing situations. Shifting is even smoother than with the previous five-speed, claims Mercedes-Benz.

An AMG Sport package is available for the rear-wheel drive E350 and all
E500 sedans and wagons. The AMG package includes an AMG-design sculpted front air dam and rear apron, dual polished chrome exhaust tips, staggered-width 18-inch (8J x 18 front, 9J x 18 rear) AMG ultra thin-spoke monoblock wheels with high-performance tires in size 245/40 ZR 18 in front and in size 265/35 ZR 18 on the rear axle.

An Appearance Package for the E350 and E500 sedans and wagons includes
sculpted side skirts, front and rear aprons, bi-xenon headlights and
headlamp washers, blue tinted glass, LED brake lights, and 17-inch sport wheels. Other equipment in the package varies – the E350, for example, gets Airmatic DC air suspension as well as the larger 245/45 R 17 tire size, which are already standard on the E500.

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