Launch: Mid-July in most European markets. New 3.2-liter common-rail turbodiesel engine available from August; six-speed manual on sale in autumn; 4.3-liter '4matic' 4WD available in November
Platform: W210 (unchanged))
Segment: Medium luxury
Base price: In Germany, DM58,810 (euro 29,785, $31,185) for the E200 CDI
Competitor: Audi A6/A8, BMW 5 series, Lexus GS300/LS400
Engines: 2.15-liter, 116hp four-cylinder turbodiesel, 2.15-liter, 143hp four-cylinder turbodiesel; 2.7-liter, 170hp five-cylinder turbodiesel; 3.2-liter, 197hp six-cylinder turbodiesel; 2.0-liter, 136hp four-cylinder gasoline; 2.4-liter, 170hp six-cylinder gasoline; 2.8 liter, 204hp six-cylinder gasoline; 3.2-liter, 224hp six-cylinder gasoline; 4.3-liter, 279hp eight cylinder gasoline; 5.4-liter, 354hp eight-cylinder gasoline
Dimensions: Sedan - 4818mm long, 1799mm wide, 1440mm high, 2833mm wheelbase; station wagon - 4839mm long, 1504mm high, other dimensions unchanged
Standard: Classic has front and side airbags, windowbags, antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic stability program, six-speed manual gearbox, power steering, multifunction steering wheel, central locking, electric windows, childseat recognition on passenger seat (for automatic airbag deactivation), immobilizer. Five-speed automatic gearbox on 2.8-litermodels upward.