What is it?
The all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class range continues to grow apace, but it’s well worth pausing here to take a look at one of the more intriguing models as it arrives in the UK: the V6 diesel-powered E 350 d.
Such is the importance of company car tax rates and CO2 emissions in this world, that the executive saloon is not alone in being unable to escape the downsizing trend; around 80% of buyers of the new E-Class will have their car powered by four cylinders.
That’s no great shock or revelation, of course, but for the most 'executive' experience in an executive car, we must still turn to six cylinders. In the E-Class’s case, the six-cylinder engine is a familiar one: the 255bhp / 457lb ft unit, which has been carried over from the previous car.
The fact that it’s a carryover engine is also no great shock, because Mercedes-Benz is planning to replace its V6 diesel engines with straight-six units in the coming months and years. Expect to see them on the facelifted S-Class range first in the middle of 2017, before dripping down the rest of the range soon after.