The new E-Class W212 will be presented next
January at the Detroit International Motor
Show in the USA (Jan 17 to Jan 25th, press
days starting Jan 13th).
Advanced security features like driver knee
airbag and sleep warner, the latter called
"attention assyst" and showing a hot cup of
coffee in the central display in the
A front camera recognizes speed limit signs
and shows them in the display (option).
The cars also feature an active hood which
in case of an accident lifts 50 mm to
protect pedestrians. This is a non-destructive
system and so in case of an unwanted
activation can be reset by simply opening and
closing the hood.
From fall 2009 on there will also adaptive
seat belt tension limiters for the rear seats
There will be also a warning system to
prevent the drivers to overlook other cars
in the blind angle when they want to change
lanes (operated by radar).
It will also be the first car ever which can
adopt the headlights to the individual driving
conditions automatically, plus it will have
an electronic high beam assist, sensored by
a cam behind the windshield checking the
conditions every 40 milli seconds.
The reach of the B-Xenon headlights can be
automatically adjusted by that system, too.
Foglights will have LED technology.
Design will change, moving away from the
rounded curvy look to more edges, also the
wheel wells will be more accentuated.
Front look is similar to the study "Concept
Fascination" which was presented at the Paris
Motor Show this spring.
And in the future the march of technologies
will continue at Mercedes, from COMAND systems
with permanent online access - no more CDs
and DVDs, data retrieved online from a central
server - to laser scanners at the front who
detect road conditions in advance and then
give the information to the actice suspension
who will care for a smooth ride ("Pre-Scan"),
a lot of things will be seen in later years.