July 03, 2015 @ 02:09 PM

Friday Fives: The evolution of the Mercedes E-Class

We take a look at five iconic generation of one of Mercedes-Benz’s longest running model.

We take a look at five iconic generation of one of Mercedes-Benz’s longest running model
Doing my research about Mercedes-Benz for a certain campaign had me delving deeper into the brand's history more than I should have. Interestingly for me, I’m a person who likes historical subjects only my topics are limited to anything to do with things with four-wheels. And motorsport of course, but that is a list for another day.
I love learning about just how much a brand has advanced through the years, and we all know that only a few has made it through the decades like Mercedes-Benz with a model that has been in production since the early 19th century. Well Mercedes has two models that are still in production since the 1950s but it is the E-Class that made the brand what it is.

So this week, instead of having a count down, I have decided to take a look back at five of the most iconic versions of the E-Class.


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Also known as the Ponton, this was the start of Mercedes’ venture into mid-sized cars in 1953. And yes, the Ponton is also made iconic as the “gangster” car thanks to both its looks and Hollywood. Mercedes had taken advantage of the situation post-world war to produce a luxury car for the upper class when there were no other choices out there but theirs.


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Mercedes had done a little bit of tinkering with their mid-size model like adding tailfins, two extra cylinders, a coupe body styling and a diesel engine variant during the years leading up to the launch of the 123. As a result their midsize model truly took off when it was launched in 1976 with, believe it or not, the diesel powered 200D and 240D as the go-to choice of the version.


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The W124 was the introduced in 1984 but it was the facelifted 1993 version that made the evolution. The first model to be known officially as the E-Class. Since the 1960s, fuel-injection had been all the trend and Mercedes had given their models an “E” at the end of their nomenclature as an indication that the model was fuel-injected but starting from 1993 all Mercedes vehicles come equipped with a fuel-injector so the brand had decided to switch E for Einspritzmotor (fuel-injected in German) to become the name of the model hence the E-Class was born.


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This was the start of Mercedes-Benz deviating from its boxy shapes and into the four-eyed E-Class. While it is considered the official second generation of the E-Class, it is one of the most iconic but not so well-loved versions of the E-Class. Which I must say was the start of Merc’s “old-fashion” impression in our country.


Again Mercedes had relied on the facelifted version to help bring them to another level. The W212 was understated and, well to put it bluntly, old-fashion when it was first launched in 2009 but in 2013 the brand gave the car a major facelift and a few different design lines to give us that sharp looking modern and stylish E-Class that we see on the roads now. The facelift has also put its name down in history to become the first ever diesel powered hybrid in the world. 

Jerrica Leong

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