Motor Coach Industries E-Series

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Motor Coach Industries E-Series
MCI E4500
Years of manufacture 1997 to 2013
Length 45 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel

The Motor Coach Industries E-Series was their flagship, luxury motorcoach. It made its debut in Hawaii during the 1996 American Bus Association's annual meeting in 1996. Regular production would commence in September 1997.[1] As sales of the J4500 surpassed the E-Series, MCI quietly discontinued the model in 2013.

Design history

Designed in conjunction with Designworks USA, a subsidiary of BMW North America, the E-Series was one of the first coaches on the market to feature projector headlights and LED marker lights. The coach had clean lines with a sloping front end and rounded off rear end. The entrance featured a unique spiral staircase.

For the 2001 model-year, MCI introduced a number of enhancements to the E-Series along with new naming conventions. The new E4500 featured flush-mounted passenger windows. To improve handling, the coach featured traction control and a solid-link sway bar.

In 2009, MCI introduced wide-ride suspension, electronic stability control, a reverse sensing system, and an upgraded SmarTire® pressure monitoring system as standard.[1] Amerex fire surpression system, Asset Tracking System (GPS) and DriveCam monitoring system also became options. Inside, MCI introduced fade-on-and-off lighting as well as optional LED night lights.[2]

Model number breakdown

Model Number Length
(feet)
Width
(inches)
Notes
102-EL3 (1997-2001) 45' 102" Also known as the "Renaissance"
E4500 (2001-2013) 45' 102"

Operators

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References