Mercedes-Benz 420

The Mercedes-Benz 420 is a mid-size luxury executive car manufactured by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz from 1996 through 2002. There was however a wagon version of the 420 that was carried over to the 2003 model year. These cars were sold under the E-Class model names in both sedan and station wagon body types, which often makes it difficult to distinguish between the various models. Nevertheless, the 420 signified the entrance of Mercedes Benz into a new era in which they were to appeal to a younger market segment. Funny thing about this is that in order to succeed in being obtainable by this new segment, they had to lower the cost, which some believe has tainted the brand's reputation. On the other hand, the 420 did quickly become the model to sell the most units in Mercedes-Benz history so they must have been doing something correct. By 2000 things were in need of upgrading, and so a new front bumper was applied, a new multi-function information system was added to the instrument cluster below the speedometer and the use of a fiber optics system for the audio, navigation, phone system was introduced. The best part about this was that now all functions could then be controlled by the new multifunction steering wheel controls. Further, this was the first time a V6 engine was offered to replace the straight-6 configuration. This new Mercedes-Benz engine produced 221 hp and had a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.9 seconds. In is true that this was not the best in the segment, but for the money, it was very decent. In 2000, Mercedes-Benz discontinued their diesel engines in the E-class in North America. And in Europe, the diesel engines were outmoded by more advanced Common Rail units. These CDI engines were not available in North America until the newer W211 model.