Hungry for market share in the world’s largest automotive market, Mercedes-Benz has revealed a long-wheelbase version of the latest E-Class sedan just for China.
The extra-long E-Class measures 5,019 millimetres in length and has a wheelbase of 3,014 mm, making it 140 mm longer overall than the standard E-Class sedan. This means 14 centimetres more legroom for rear passengers.
As a first for Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class L is available with two different front ends, one with the classic, three-dimensional radiator grille with the Mercedes star logo on the hood, and the other with a centrally-positioned star. The latter look is part of a sportier package that also adds AMG front and rear aprons, side skirts and wheels to the car.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class L will go on sale with a choice of three engines: the E 260 L BlueEFFICIENCY gets a 204 horsepower four-cylinder direct injection unit, the E 300 L goes due with a six-cylinder rated at 245-hp and the E 400 L produces 333-hp. Additional engines will be available later on, including the E 400 L HYBRID. All models come standard with an automatic transmission that is self-learning and adapts the shift points to the driver’s driving profile.
New, 2019 Audi A6 Avant Proves Wagons Can Be Sexy
Following the introduction of the brand-new Audi A6 sedan at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Audi wasted no time to the take the wraps off the Avant (wagon) version, and it looks great.
Like the sedan, the A6 Avant receives an evolutionary design with a wider grille. It looks more dynamic thanks to designers giving it more prominent wheel arches, a sportier roof line, and restyled taillights connected by a trim piece. It’s a simple and clean look that manages to ooze class.
The interior benefits form the most significant changes and borrows technology from the A7 and Audi’s flagship, the A8. The dashboard and the user interface are nearly identical to the A7’s, featuring two driver-oriented screens that run the infotainment system and a third screen for the digital instrument cluster. As with the A6, the top screen goes black to blend into the rest of the dashboard when the car turns off and turns on automatically when it detects a door open.
Geared more towards buyers that need extra space, the new A6 Avant boasts 20 cubic feet cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 59.3 cubic feet with them down. Audi claims class-leading front and rear elbow room, as well as knee room for rear seat passengers.
In Europe, the 2019 Avant will be offered with a turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 with 340 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque and a 3.0-liter TDI (diesel) V6 rated at 286 horsepower and 457 pound-feet. The former is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the latter shifts through an eight-speed automatic. Both spin the four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system and benefit from a standard 48-volt mild hybrid system that enhances fuel efficiency.
While its unlikely that the new, 2019 Audi A6 Avant will be offered in North America, there’s is a chance that an A6 Allroad could be offered to rival the Volvo V90 Cross Country.
Lincoln Navigator Sales Catching Up To Escalade, Cadillac Offers $10k Discount
The growing popularity of the new Lincoln Navigator has Cadillac a little scared. The firm is now offering up to $10,000 to current Escalade lessees to keep them in the Cadillac family.
Having been long dominated by the Escalade, the Navigator is experiencing a resurgence with the fourth-generation model. Sales are up 63 percent so far in 2018 and there is sign of slowing down.
In fact, according to , the average Navigator spends just 10-days on dealer lots before being sold, while the range-topping $100,000 Black Label is gone within 7-days. More importantly, the average transaction price for the new Navigator is nearly equal to the Escalade’s at around $82,500, representing an increase of $25,600 compared to a year ago.
As for the $10,000 discount, which is being offered to lessees of 2016 Escalade models, Cadillac should be able to absorb it considering the firm is estimated to make at least $20,000 on every Escalade it sells, contributing to an impressive $1 billion in annual profits.
The latest (fourth-generation) Cadillac was introduced in 2015 and isn’t expected to receive a ground-up until a few more years. At the current rate of growth, sales of Lincoln’s premium SUV could match or surpass its longtime rival within a year’s time, assuming Lincoln can keep up with production.
Jaguar Developing Large J-Pace SUV For 2021
With the E-Pace subcompact crossover now out of the way and roaming the concrete jungle, Jaguar has reportedly shifted focus to developing a larger SUV-crossover that will sit at the opposite end of its lineup.
The E-Pace competes against the likes of the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3. According to , Jaguar’s large SUV — possible called the ‘J-Pace’ — will borrow parts from Range Rover, premier Jaguar’s new design language, and take on the Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante and other mid-size luxury SUVs when it arrives sometime in 2021. It could boast third-row seats, potentially accommodating six to seven occupants.
The J-Pace will borrow the Land Rover Range Rover’s aluminum platform, modified to be longer, wider and lower-riding in a effort to make it more at home on the paved road than the more rugged Range Rover. Its powertrains will also come from Range Rover and will include gasoline- and diesel six- and eight-cylinder engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid option that coincides with Jaguar Land Rover’s plan to become a fully electrified brand beyond 2020.
The idea of a Jaguar SUV once seemed preposterous; however, with the F-Pace quickly becoming the firm’s best-seller, easily outselling the XE and XF sedans more than two to one in its first year on the market, Jaguar has been moving quickly to bolster its SUV lineup.
The E-Pace was recently joined by the all-electric I-Pace, and is expected to become an even better seller than the F-Pace. SUV-crossovers will represent about two-thirds of Jaguar’s global sales by the early 2020s.