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Old 08-06-2007, 11:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the Avante Garde package?

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I have the VMI report on my E500 and it shows the Avante Garde package but doesn't explain what that pack includes option-wise. Any ideas?


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Old 08-07-2007, 05:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The Avante Garde package is the same as the sport package from what I have always understood. They call it Avante Garde everywhere except the US.
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Old 08-08-2007, 04:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Avante Garde package is the same as the sport package from what I have always understood. They call it Avante Garde everywhere except the US.
It should be Avantgarde, I've also understood it being mostly the same as the US sports but it isn't exactly the same. The front bumper in the US isn't the Euro Avantgarde, not sure about the Avantgarde side skirts.

Avantgarde has a big list of differences over the basic Euro model, Classic, but I did not find a listing in English for the moment.
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Things you'll notice that are "avantgarde" package are different instruments, different interior wood trim, and taillights with LED brake lights. This is pretty much what it is everywhere, and BTW there is no such thing as E-class "Sport."
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Things you'll notice that are "avantgarde" package are different instruments, different interior wood trim, and taillights with LED brake lights. This is pretty much what it is everywhere, and BTW there is no such thing as E-class "Sport."
This must be the case for the US. For Europe where there is the real Avantgarde model option the list of differences is the following (in German, can browse the similar info in English at this address: Mercedes-Benz UK - Passenger Cars - New Mercedes E-Class - Standard equipment
Odd that the UK site does not follow the German presentation, could not copy paste from an English document.

Ergänzungen /änderungen gegenüber »CLASSIC«:
INTERIEUR
Ablagefach in Mittelkonsole beleuchtet
Abdeckung Schaltbock in »Vogelaugenahorn schwarz« und Chrom matt
mit Chromrahmen
Abdeckung unten und um Schalterleiste in Holzausführung
»Vogelaugenahorn schwarz« mit Chromeinlagen
Ablagefach in Mittelkonsole beleuchtet
»Ambiente« Innenbeleuchtung vorne, dimmbar
Ascher-Deckel (vorne im Gehäuse) in Holzausführung
»Vogelaugenahorn schwarz« mit Chromspange
Drehregler für Klimatisierung und Bedienelemente in schwarz mit Chromring
Drucktasten am Deckel der Armauflage in Holzausführung
»Vogelaugenahorn schwarz« mit Chromeinfassung
Innen- und asph risch gewçlbter Au enspiegel, fahrerseitig automatisch abblendbar
Kofferraumzusatzleuchte im Kofferraumdeckel
Kombiinstrument/Zifferblatt weiss, Tubenplatte in Chrom matt
Multifunktions-Sportlenkrad im 4-Speichen-Design in Leder gepr gt,
in Ausstattungsfarbe
Leuchten im Fu raum 4fach
Polsterung Stoff »Biarritz«/Ledernachbildung ARTICO
Schalter für elektrische Fensterheber in schwarz mit Chromring
Schalt-/Wählhebel Grundkçrper und Manschette aus Leder,
in Ausstattungsfarbe mit Spange in Chrom matt und Schriftzug »AVANTGARDE«
Sonnenblenden axial auszieh- und schwenkbar mit Spiegelbeleuchtung
am Dachhimmel
Türarmauflage mit Zuziehgriff in PUR-Kunstleder mit Ziernaht
Zierstäbe aus »Vogelaugenahorn schwarz« mit Chromauflage
Zierteile: Edelholzausstattung »Vogelaugenahorn schwarz«

EXTERIEUR
Bi-Xenonscheinwerfer mit dynamischer Leuchtweitenregulierung,
Scheinwerferreinigungsanlage und Abbiegelichtfunktion in den
Nebelscheinwerfern
Bremsleuchten in LED-Technik
Kühlerschutzgitter mit 4 Lamellen, schwarz hochgl nzend lackiert und
Chromstreifen
Leichtmetallräder 4fach 5-Doppelspeichen-Design
7,5 J x 16 ET 42, Reifengrç e 225/55 R16 (E 200 CDI und E 220 CDI)
8 J x 17 ET 38, Reifengrç e 245/45 R17
(E 280 CDI -- E 420 CDI und E 200 KOMPRESSOR -- E 500 4MATIC)
Nebelscheinwerfer mit Chromeinfassung und zwei Chromzierleisten
Schriftzug »AVANTGARDE« auf Schutzleiste am Kotflügel
Schutzleiste auf Stossfänger und seitlichen Rammschutz in
Wagenfarbe mit Chromeinlage
Fahrwerk sportlich abgestimmt
Tiefergelegtes Fahrwerk
Türgriffe in Wagenfarbe lackiert mit Chromauflage
Wärmedämmendes Glas blau rundum
Zusätzliche Serienausstattung für
E 280 CDI, E 280 CDI 4MATIC, E 230, E 280 und E 280 4MATIC
Kraftstoffbehälter mit grösserem Inhalt (80 l)

The larger number of differences may be from a lower base coverage.

We also have a Sports option these days.

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Old 08-09-2007, 08:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Things you'll notice that are "avantgarde" package are different instruments, different interior wood trim, and taillights with LED brake lights. This is pretty much what it is everywhere, and BTW there is no such thing as E-class "Sport."

Do mean there is no E-class "sport" on the official MB terms? When I ordered mine, I got the E-class "sport" package and my side badges say "sport" on them.
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I've seen E500 Sports with the "Sport" emblem on the badges on the side.

I do have a Sport with out the emblem, was told that is more long the lines of a Avantgarde.

Its pretty much:
1. Front bumper - has a bar at the bottom between the 2 fog lights
2. The Sport Wheels
3. LED Brake Lights
3. The Black wood trim, White dials
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I think what he meant was that the E-class is not "sporty." My car does say Sport on the body side moulding and shifter ... 03 E500 Sport ... I think Avante Garde is what MBZ calls the sport package in the ROW (rest of the world) and they call it a Sport package in the US due to marketing.

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