The Mercedes-Benz W211 is a mid-size luxury car–executive car which was produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz from 2002 to 2009, under the E-Class model names. The W211 models replaced the W210 E-Class models and were superseded by the Mercedes-Benz W212 in 2009. The car was available in two body types: Sedan and Estate (Estate models were sold in Canada as Wagon).
The W219, sold as the CLS-Class “4-door coupe”, which was released in 2005, is based on the W211’s mechanical package.
Second generation (2006-2009)
The model was updated in 2006, with new standard and optional equipment, which enabled the W211 to hold its own against its competitors. The announced vehicle was unveiled in 2006 New York International Auto Show.
In total, 29 model variants were available, with 16 Saloons and 13 Estates. New standard equipment included PRE-SAFE active protection, NECK-PRO head restraints, flashing brake lights, tyre pressure monitor.
The optional Intelligent Light System included bi-xenon headlamps and 5 different lighting functions. The bodies were restyled.
E55 AMG (2003-2006)
E63 AMG (2006-)
The E63 AMG was a high performance model of the W211, offered in Saloon and Estate body styles. This engine had a high-pressure die-cast alloy cylinder block with twin-wire arc spray coated running surfaces. Compression ratio is 11.3:1. According to many auto journalists, the E 63 AMG was one of the quickest production sports sedans in the world. Both the sedan (saloon) and wagon had a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration time of 4.4 seconds.
AMG Premium package added Door-integrated roller blinds for rear side windows, climate comfort front seats, panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, electronic trunk closure, KEYLESS-GO. AMG Performance package adds electronic speed limiter deletion, limited-slip rear differential, tire presssure monitoring system, sport suspension, AMG 18 in (457.2 mm) 5-spoke multi-piece wheels, AMG carbon fibre trim.
It was an armoured version with category B4 protection level. Engine choices included E 320 CDI, E 350, E 500. The vehicles were reinforced with steel and aramid. Other safety equipment included Michelin MOExtended run-flat tyres with pressure loss warning system. All modes had a top speed of 240 kilometres per hour (150 mph).
E 320/300 BlueTEC (2007-2009)
It was a version of the E280 CDI with urea injection and 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission.
It was launced in the USA as E320 BlueTEC in 2007 and in Europe as E300 BlueTEC in 2008.
AVANTGARDE Edition (2009)
These were the Canadian versions of the E300 4MATIC, E320 BlueTEC, E350 4MATIC, E350 4MATIC Wagon, and E550 4MATIC, all with extra equipment such as bi-xenon HID headlamps, larger alloy wheels, and navigation systems.
It was a version sold in Korea for E280, E320, E350, E350 4MATIC without extra equipment.
There was a wider range of engines available in Europe than North America and other markets. In 2007, the available models / engine combinations were:
In 2008-12-19, Mercedes-Benz announced it had delivered 1.5 million units of W211 E-Class vehicles, with 1,270,000 sedan and 230,000 wagon.