The Mercedes E-Class has been stretched in China to provide even more rear legroom.
Measuring 193.8 inches long with a 115.7-inch wheelbase, the 2021 Mercedes E-Class Sedan isn't exactly short on interior space. But for those who want to relax in the back even more comfortably, Mercedes is now offering an extended wheelbase variant of the updated luxury sedan. Debuting at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, the stretched E-Class is 0.8 inches longer than the regular sedan and measures 199 inches long in total.
The wheelbase is also extended by 5.5 inches, providing rear passengers with more legroom. As part of the recent E-Class facelift, the long-wheelbase variant's rear cabin has a more comfortable middle seat and a new center console with an integrated touchscreen and two USB ports.
While the new extended-wheelbase model completes the 2021 Mercedes E-Class family, it will only be sold in China where there is a high demand for long-wheelbase luxury sedans. To put this into perspective, one out of two E-Class cars sold in the world is a long-wheelbase car in China.
Like the regular 2021 E-Class sedan, the exterior has also been refreshed with new front and rear bumpers, a revised grille, and redesigned Multibeam LED headlights and LED taillights. Inside, the cabin features the latest MBUX infotainment system with two 12.3-inch displays, along with a redesigned steering wheel. Also on display alongside the new long-wheelbase version of the E-Class at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show is the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class, while the new Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC and new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC also make their Chinese debuts.
The new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan also makes its first appearance at a trade fair. The stretched Mercedes E-Class will be "made in China, for China" as part of a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC Motor forming Beijing Benz Automotive.
Powertrain options were not announced for China's longer-wheelbase E-Class. In the US, the 2021 E-Class Sedan is offered with a choice of either a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four producing 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque or a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six rated at 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The latter is paired with an EQ-Boost 48-volt mild-hybrid system that can add 21 hp and 184 lb-ft.