The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been launched in Ireland. First version to arrive is the 4-cylinder, 170bhp E220 CDI which comes on the market at €43,600 (ex works) - a price described as stunningly competitive in view of its vastly enhanced level of specifications.
It is powered by a 2.2-litre, bi-turbo, common rail direct injection engine which delivers 400Nm of torque with a top speed of 229kms and a 0 - 100km/h time of 8.0 seconds. It has fuel consumption of 6.9 litres/100km (urban cycle) and a CO2 rating of 139g/km.
A feature of note is that all manual transmission diesels fall into Band B with annual road tax of €156, with all automatic versions coming in Band C with road tax of €302 per annum. Two further models arrive in September - the E200 CDI and E200 CGI Kompressor - for which similarly attractive prices will be announced shortly.