New E-Guard Models from Mercedes-Benz

Shortly after the market launch of the
new E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is also offering the world’s most successful
business saloon as a specially protected E-Guard model. This is mainly
distinguishable from the standard model by a network of intelligently
conceived protective features of special steel, which are invisibly
integrated beneath the otherwise identical body. This protective cocoon
also includes all-round polycarbonate glazing. Accordingly the new
E-Guard Saloon offers its occupants effective protection against the
increasing worldwide risk of criminal attack in the street. With this
new Guard model, Mercedes-Benz is continuing its eight decades of
expertise in the design and production of special protection vehicles.

As is usual at Mercedes-Benz, the special
requirements for the special protection version of the E-Class were
already taken into consideration by the developers
at the
specification stage. The new E-Guard is subject to the same bodyshell
processes as a regular production model, which means that structural
strength, dimensional accuracy, corrosion protection and outstanding
paint quality are guaranteed to series production standards.

All-road protection against criminal attack in the street

During the next stage, highly experienced and
specially trained experts install the precisely formed protective
elements, which exactly fit the contours of the bodyshell without
encroaching on the interior space. The result is a comprehensively
protected passenger cell of special, high-strength steels and aramide
components, which are complemented with highly resistant polycabonate
glazing of attractive visual appearance. All these measures are
invisible to the naked eye. The extremely stringent Mercedes-Benz
guidelines are applied by the production specialists to ensure complete
quality control at all times.

Despite the high level of special protection,
the comfort-related advantages of the new E-Class are fully retained.
This applies equally to the generous spaciousness of this fully-fledged
five-seater, the spatial acoustics, the sun protection and the
lighting/control functions. The rear window is heated, and the power
windows on the driver and front passenger sides are fully retractable.
Efficient power windows are also available for the rear. Optional
extras include an emergency alarm system that causes the headlamps to
flash and sounds an alarm at the touch of a button in the event of a
threat. An intercom system allows communication between the protected
passenger cell and the outside world. In addition the new E-Guard
features the numerous, innovative assistance systems of the new E-Class.

The new E-Guard meets the stringent requirements
for High-Protection according to protection class VR4 (formerly B4) and
more. This means that the vehicle is able to withstand handgun bullets
of up to .44 Magnum in calibre — at random angles of fire, to provide
the most realistic protection possible. The E-Guard therefore offers
outstanding protection against criminal attacks in the street, as has
been verified and certificated by an internationally recognised test
institute. Underbody armour is also available on request. This makes
the entire underfloor area of the passenger cell resistant to attack
with a DM51 hand-grenade.

Modified suspension plus adapted control and restraint systems

The suspension and brakes are adapted to suit
the increased weight caused by the protection features. The E-Guard is
equipped with a special Level II version
of the AIRMATIC air
suspension system as standard. The electronic control and restraint
systems that assist the driver in critical situations have been
specifically adapted to suit the different parameters versus the
standard model. The car is fitted with 17-inch wheels and run-flat
tyres designed for a maximum speed of 240 km/h as standard. With the
tyres deflated, the vehicle is still able to cover up to 50 kilometres
at a speed of 80 km/h to enable its occupants to escape from the danger
area in the event of a corresponding attack.

Extensive test marathon

Like all the series-production vehicles, the new
E-Guard Saloon was subjected to extensive testing under tough
conditions during its development. This included endurance testing on
simulated rough tracks, braking tests on Alpine passes, climatic tests
at extreme temperatures, long-term corrosion tests and crash tests.
Like all Guard models, the E-Guard is covered by
the full Mercedes-Benz warranty and service terms – in addition to the
integrated, ex factory protection, this is another important advantage
over vehicles with retrofitted special protection.

Family-friendly saloon with special protection

The new E-Guard is available in three engine
variants, with an option of the basic ELEGANCE line or the AVANTGARDE
line. The E 500 and E 350, as well as the diesel-powered E 350
CDIBlueEFFICIENCY, are designed as five-seaters with a boot capacity of
540 litres and a high payload of up to 550 kilograms, which means they
are fully suitable for day-to-day and family use.
The High-Protection package for the E-Guard
costs 45,000 Euro (German list price excl. VAT). The new E-Guard can be
ordered from April 2009.
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