The E-Class is Mercedes' answer to the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6. Today, it's available as a convertible, coupe, saloon or estate with engines ranging from a frugal 2.0-litre diesel in the E200 CDI BlueEfficiency, to a colossal 5.5-litre V8 from the flagship E63 AMG. The name "E-Class" was first used in 1994 on the existing W124 model, but the first "proper" E-Class wasn't launched until 1996. A complete redesign was issued in 2002, with the latest model introduced in 2009. The E-Class' mechanicals can also be found underpinning the svelte CLS four-door coupe.