Filed under: Luxury Cars & Autos
We're used to seeing things get more expensive – especially luxury automobiles – but here's an example of getting more for less: Mercedes-Benz USA has announced that the price of its new E-Class sedan will actually drop by nearly $5,000 with the introduction of the new model next month. So while the outgoing E350 currently sells for $54,075, the new model, with a V6 engine and rear-wheel-drive, carries a list price of $49,475...or $4,600 less. Of course options add more to the price, and there's no shortage of extra equipment on offer from the Mercedes catalog. All-wheel-drive adds $2,500. The V8 version, another seven grand. Diesel, wagon, coupe and convertible versions are also on their way, with market introductions staggered between this June and next. However while the two-door E-Class doesn't significantly drop in price, it does move up in its market position over the CLK it replaces, which was positioned between the C and E-Class sedan ranges. Mercedes says the adjusted pricing was affected to reflect actual transaction prices, meaning there's less wiggle-room for negotiation, but less negotiation required.