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Order books open for new Mercedes-Benz E Class estate and saloon




Mercedes-Benz has revealed the pricing and specification details of its new E Class as UK order books open for both saloon and estate model derivatives.

Prices for the new E Class start from £39,130 for the entry E 200 Sport Saloon, and £41,460 for the E 200 Sport Estate, with the new model featuring styling cues from the latest-generation of CLA and CLS models.

As well as updated infotainment and driver assistance technologies, the new E Class – which will arrive in showrooms this autumn – is now available with a range of drivetrain options, including mild hybrids and a choice of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid options.

Core powertrains

The E 200 features a two-litre petrol engine with EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology, generating 197PS and 320Nm. It delivers up to 38.7mpg and emits from 165g/km of CO2.

Using a three-litre straight-six petrol engine, the E 450 4MATIC produces 367PS and 500Nm. On the combined cycle, it can achieve 31.4mpg and 204g/km.

The diesel-powered E 220 d has a two-litre engine with an output of 194PS and 400Nm. It can deliver up to 53.3mpg and emits from 139g/km.

New Mercedes-Benz E Class saloon, rearThe E 400 d 4MATIC uses a three-litre straight-six engine that can produce 340PS and 700Nm. It can return up to 42.2mpg and emits from 176g/km of CO2.

Two plug-in hybrids are also offered: the petrol E 300 e and the diesel E 300 de. The E 300 e is priced from £46,230, while the E 300 de starts at £47,480.

The E 300 e combines a two-litre petrol engine with a 13.5 kWh battery, together they have a maximum output of 333PS and 790Nm.

It can deliver 176.6mpg and emits 37g/km of CO2 and claims to offer an all-electric range of between 33 and 35 miles.

The E 300 de uses a two-litre diesel engine and the same 13.5kWh battery.

The combustion engine produces 194PS and 400Nm, while the electric motor can add up to 122PS and 440Nm. The E 300 de is capable of achieving 235.4mpg and emits 33g/km of CO2. It has an all-electric range of between 32 and 34 miles.

AMG models

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC and E 63 S 4MATIC+ models deliver a performance option for the German brand’s premium car buyers.

The AMG E 53 4MATIC is priced from £64,750 for the Saloon and £66,750 for the Estate and is available in either Premium or Night Edition Premium Plus equipment lines.

The E 63 S 4MATIC+ Night Edition Premium Plus Saloon is available from £98,370 and the E 63 S 4MATIC+ Estate costs £100,370.

The E 53 4MATIC’s three-litre straight-six petrol engine delivers 435PS and 520Nm and will accelreate to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds in both saloon and estate guise.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the saloon can achieve 30.1mpg and emits 212 g/km of CO2, while the estate delivers 29.7mpg and 216 g/km of CO2.

A 612PS and 850Nm four-litre turbocharged V8 powers the E 63 S 4MATIC+, delivering a claimed 3.4 second spint to 62mph and a top speed of 186 mph (Estate: 3.5 seconds and 180 mph).

The E 63 S 4MATIC+ claims 23.2mpg fuel economy and 277g/km CO2 emissions (Estate: 22.8 mpg and 283 g/km).

Trim levels

On the Mercedes-AMG E 53, standard equipment includes 19-inch AMG alloy wheels; Keyless-Go Comfort package; a 360-degree camera; MBUX augmented reality for navigation; and an AMG-specific grille.

Over and above Premium, Night Edition Premium Plus adds AMG Night package, with: 20-inch matt black alloys; a panoramic sunroof; Burmester surround sound system; Memory package; Energizing Comfort package; AMG-specific grille in gloss black; and AMG carbon fibre trim.

The E 63 S comes as standard in the Night Edition Premium Plus equipment line, which includes all of the above equipment plus 20-inch AMG forged wheels in matt black and Driving Assistance Package Plus. 

New Mercedes-Benz E Class, interiorStandard equipment on Sport models – available on E 200 and E 220 d only – includes MBUX infotainment system, with two 12.3-inch cockpit and central displays, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, LED headlights, Blind Spot Assist, wireless smartphone charging, leather upholstery and heated front seats.

For an additional £2,500, AMG Line adds 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, AMG bodystyling, privacy glass, Multibeam LED intelligent headlights and three-zone automatic climate control.

AMG Line Premium (+£2,000) adds 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, Keyless-Go, 360-degree camera and MBUX augmented reality for navigation.

For another £2,500, the range-topping AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus adds 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, Night package, panoramic sunroof, Burmester surround sound system and Memory package, including electrically adjustable front seats.

AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus models are optionally available with the £1,695 Driving Assistance package.

Plug-in hybrid models are offered in AMG Line Edition, AMG Line, AMG Line Premium or AMG Line Premium Night Edition.



See 2021 Cadillac Escalade Get Driven With Blocked Windshield




The 2021 Cadillac Escalade test units are out and about, and first drives have already been orchestrated. A handful of journalists and YouTubers have started pouring out content about the full-size luxury SUV. That includes us with our Escalade First Drive Review.

The Fast Lane, however, took a different route and made videos that are out of the ordinary. We’ve seen the channel do some off-roading with the Escalade, something owners won’t probably do when they get their hands on one.

This time, The Fast Lane Truck does a review with the Escalade’s bevy of tech toys. And as crazy as you would expect from the channel, the folks there tried to drive the SUV with a blocked windshield and front windows. How? By using the Escalade’s VR function displayed on the instrument panel. The resulting video was bonkers, which you can watch on top of this page.

Speaking of, the driver was able to go around the course without issues, twice even, and you can see in the video that he even reached speeds of up to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) before coming to a halt.

Before you raise your pitchforks, let us all be reminded that TFL Trucks did the test on a close course, so the test looked safe. Although as expected, both the driver and his passenger felt queasy after the virtual drive. But overall, at least now we know that you can still drive the new Escalade even if your windshield got broken – so as long as the front camera’s intact.

See the full crazy test on video and let us know what you think through the comments section below.


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Fancy Acer Book RS By Porsche Design Comes With Carbon Fiber Cover




Porsche RS models are revered for their performance both on and off the race track, as they are admired for their flurry of carbon fiber materials. Porsche Design is back with another collaboration to showcase its styling prowess – this time it’s with Acer and its latest laptop.

Named the Porsche Design Acer Book RS, this fancy laptop signifies a new partnership between the two brands, something that fuses Porsche Design’s functional design philosophy and engineering mindset with Acer’s technological innovations and deep-rooted knowledge in the global computer segment.

The high-end notebook comes with a minimalist design, but a closer inspection reveals a 3k carbon fiber cover, striking a contrast against the diamond-cut CNC-machined chassis. With the use of this lightweight material normally used for race cars, the entire Acer Book RS only weighs 2.76 pounds (1.25 kilograms) while only measuring 0.63 inches (15.99 millimeters) thin.

Underneath the classy body, the Porsche Design Acer Book RS is equipped with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics and optional discrete NVIDIA GeForce®MX350 GPUs and 16 GB of RAM. The 14-inch FHD IPS3 touchscreen is covered with a layer of Antimicrobial4 Corning Gorilla Glass with an immersive 90% screen-to-body ratio.

The Porsche Design Acer Book RS will be available in North America with a starting price of $1,399.99. A premium package, which comes with equally great-looking accessories such as premium package i7 notebook, travel pack, and mouse, will be priced at $1,999.99. This chic Acer laptop will also be available in Europe and in China.

This isn’t the first time that Porsche designed a gadget. Back in 2018, a Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS came into fruition, which had a price tag that started at $1,800.


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GMC Hummer EV’s WTF Mode Does A Weird Song And Dance Before Launching




First thing’s first. What the heck is Watts to Freedom? In short, it’s the GMC Hummer EV version of Tesla’s Ludicrous Plus launch mode, both in function and in its gimmicky nature. What does that mean? Ludicrous refers to Ludicrous speed from the classic 1987 Sci-Fi spoof Spaceballs. Meanwhile, the acronym for GMC’s Watts To Freedom is WTF, and we’re sure you know what else that stands for. But wait, there’s more

Engage WTF mode in the recently revealed GMC Hummer EV, and you won’t just launch to 60 mph in three seconds. For starters, the truck will hunker down a couple of inches before putting its GM-estimated 1,000 horsepower (735 kilowatts) to the ground. That’s a functional component of going fast, but less functional are the sounds that emanate from the Hummer EV’s speakers and animations that pop up on its digital screens.

Watts To Freedom Screenshot

GMC doesn’t offer a specific description of what this means, but the B-roll footage below takes us through the process starting at the 28-second mark. Once activated, a low-pitch humming sound reverberates through the speakers, and a snazzy animation on the main screen morphs to a third-person view of a Hummer EV poised on a space-themed runway. Meanwhile, the dash displays “Watts To Freedom” with stars and bars, along with a message that advises “repeated usage will cause accelerated wear on vehicle.” The driver can choose cancel or let’s go, which isn’t quite as catchy as I want my mommy or bring it on but hey, you get the point.

Selecting let’s go puts the system into motion. The truck lowers (which is also shown on the instrument display) and the driver is eventually prompted to press the brake and accelerator. This is the interactive part, as the driver must brake hard enough to get the all-important green checkmark to then floor it, all while the sound increases in both intensity and annoyance.

With the pedals mashed and the Hummer EV ready, release the brake and it’s off to the races. Presumably, drivers will be concentrating on the road while sprinting to 60 mph, so they won’t see the mini starfield flashing on the digital instrument board next to the speed readout. However, everyone will hear what sounds like the USS Enterprise going to warp speed through the speakers. At least it’s more pleasant than the low-resonance buzzing that starts it all off.

Is the GMC Hummer EV fast? Yes, it certainly is. However, experiencing all the pomp and circumstance that’s not at all similar to Tesla’s various quirky Easter eggs could easily be considered gimmicky in the best of circumstances. We’re at least curious to try it all in person as opposed to seeing a close-up on a video, but we suspect these aspects of WTF Mode might have more than a few people asking WTF GMC was thinking with all this.


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