The current-generation Mercedes E-Class was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and since then, the model hasn’t had many changes. That will all change in 2013 when Mercedes brings out the first facelift for the E-Class . The model is set to be making its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but the first official details have been already dropped.
Mercedes announced that all the changes made to the E-Class will represent more than just a mid-life revision and will add to the luxury sedan "an elegant, refined and yet sporty look." On the exterior the most obvious change includes the replacements of the old headlamps with new, one-piece assembly with LED DRL. As a first for the E-Class, Mercedes has decided to offer different front updates for the Luxury and Sport versions, while the interior has been subtly revised and harmonized with the expressive exterior.
On the U.S. market customers will have to choose between a V6 and a V8 petrol engine, while the old E350 diesel has been replaced by a new E250.
Updated 12/14/2012: Mercedes has unveiled two new video for its new E-Class facelift models. In these trailer videos, you will get to see the E350 in action. They new videos are the first two after the jump. Enjoy!
Updated 09/11/2013: Mercedes has unveiled all of the pricing details and the fuel economy of the much-anticipated E250 BlueTEC.
When it comes to a mid-life update you should not expect big changes on a model and the new E-Class is no exception, even if Mercedes wanted us to believe the 2014 E-Class would be completely updated. Exterior changes are being kept to a minimum, but they are enough to further improve the elegance and the sporty feeling of the E-Class.
The most obvious and anticipated update of the 2014 E-Class is the replacement of the old headlamps with one-piece assemblies with LED daytime running lights.
The rest of the updates are differentiated by the version. In the Luxury models Mercedes has installed a classic sedan grille with 3-louver look and star on the hood, while the Sport version received a sports grille with an integrated star. In both versions, the hood and the front bumper have been completely redesigned, and the Sports models can be updated with an additional AMG styling package that includes larger air intakes and a distinct aluminum trim line along the entire lower rim of the front bumper.
For the rear, Mercedes installed a new bumper and new taillights with a horizontal design that emphasizes the width of the vehicle and a two-tone look.
The interior has also been updated with premium materials, precise lines and clearly defined surfaces. As a first for the E-class, Mercedes is offering a two-part trim available in two wood finishes – burled walnut or black ash. Other updates include a 3-tube instrument cluster, trapezoidal head-unit display, new air vent design an analogue clock between the two central vents.
- Premium 1 package with Rearview camera
- COMAND navigation
- SiriusXM satellite radio
- Harman/ kardon® Logic 7® surround sound
- Power rear window sunshade
- Heated front seats (standard with E550)
- Active ventilated front seats
- Garage-door opener
- Lighting package
- Parking Assist package
- Lane Tracking package
- Wood Trim package
- Wheel package
- DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist can help the driver keep the vehicle centered in its lane and can semi-autonomously follow in-line traffic
- BAS PLUS with Cross- Traffic Assist is able to detect crossing traffic and pedestrians, and boost the braking power applied by the driver accordingly
- PRE-SAFE Brake can now detect pedestrians as well and initiate autonomous braking
- PRE-SAFE PLUS can identify an imminent rear-end collision and then prompt the PRE-SAFE system to trigger occupant protection measures that reduce the forces exerted on passengers. If the vehicle is stationary, it can also prevent secondary accidents in the event of a rear-end collision by applying the brakes
- Active Lane Keeping Assist can now detect when the adjacent lane is not clear, including the presence of oncoming traffic, overtaking vehicles, crash barriers etc. Under threat of a collision, even if the lane marking is not a solid line, the system can prevent the vehicle from leaving its lane unintentionally by applying the brakes on one side. This system pairs perfectly with Active —*Blind Spot Assist
- Adaptive Highbeam Assist PLUS allows high beam to remain permanently switched on without dazzling traffic by masking out other vehicles in the beams’ cone of light
- Active Parking Assist enables automated parking with active steering and brake control in both parallel and perpendicular spaces
- Surround View Camera will cover all four sides of the vehicle and enable a 360-degree view including virtual bird’s-eye perspective – a top view of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings. Dynamic guide lines help during parking and maneuvering
In the U.S. market, customers have to choose between two gasoline models: the E350 with its 302-horsepower, V-6 engine or the E500 with its 402-horsepower, V-8 engine. Also available in the U.S. is the E250 BlueTEC, which is powered by a 2.1-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 195 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, while getting 28 mpg in the city and 45 mph on the highway.
There will also be an E400 hybrid version that combines a 302-horsepower, 3.5- liter V-6 engine with an electric motor that adds an extra 27 horsepower. This system will deliver an incredible fuel economy of 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
While these are the only models to be offered on the U.S. market, in Europe customers will have much more possibilities. Check out the full list below:
American customers have one transmission options, and that is a seven-speed automatic transmission with DIRECT SELECT lever and DIRECT SELECT shift paddles. This new transmission adds a new short-term M mode that independently switches back to the fuel-efficient automatic shift mode after a pre-determined period of time elapses. Each engine can also be combined with the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system.
|E400 HYBRID Sedan||E250 BlueTEC (4MATIC) Sedan||E350 Sedan||E350 4MATIC Sedan & Wagon||E550 4MATIC Sedan|
|Engine||3.5L V6 + electric motor||2.1L diesel Inline 4-Cylinder||60-degree V6||60-degree V6||90-degree V8|
|Horsepower @ rpm||302 (+27 electric)||195 @ 3,800||302 @ 6,500||302 @ 6,500||402 @ 5,000 - 5,750|
|Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm||273 (+184 electric)||369 @ 1,600 - 1,800||273 @ 3,500 - 5,250||273 @ 3,500 - 5,250||443 @ 1,800 - 4,750|
|Transmission||7-speed automatic with Economy and Sport modes||7-speed automatic with Economy and Sport modes||7-speed automatic with Economy and Sport modes||7-speed automatic with Economy and Sport modes||7-speed automatic with Economy and Sport Modes|
|0-60 (seconds)||TBA||TBA||6.5||6.6||5.2 (est.)|
|Top speed (mph)||130||130||130||130||130|
|Fuel mileage (city/hwy)||24/30||28/45 (4MATIC: 27/42)||21/30||20/28 (Wgn: 19/26)||17/26|
Suspension and Brakes
In the U.S. market, the 2014 E-Class will be offered with three suspension configurations:
- AGILITY CONTROL suspension with stroke-dependent damping system is the standard suspension setup for the Luxury model
- AGILITY CONTROL suspension with stroke-dependent damping system is 15 mm lower and has a more sporty setup in the Sport model
- The E63 AMG comes with the AMG Adaptive Sport Suspension.
In Europe, however, things will be a little be different. There will be a DIRECT CONTROL suspension system offered for base models, a lowered sports suspension available in conjunction with the Exterior Sports package and AMG Sports package, and an AIRMATIC air suspension fitted as standard to the V-8 models.
In both markets, the 2014 E-Class will be offered with a standard electromechanical Direct-Steer system that includes:
- Improved agility thanks to more direct steering response
- Comfortable handling and smooth steering characteristics at all speeds
- Improved efficiency, as energy is consumed only while steering
- Enables innovative assistance systems, e.g. Active Parking Assist
Mercedes-Benz released the official pricing for the entire 2014 E-Class lineup, and the 45 mpg E250 BlueTEC is the lowest-priced model.
|2014 E250 BlueTEC sedan||$51,400|
|2014 E350 sedan||$51,900|
|2014 E350 Coupe||$52,200|
|2014 E250 BlueTEC 4MATIC sedan||$53,900|
|2014 E350 4MATIC sedan||$54,400|
|2014 E350 4MATIC Coupe||$54,700|
|2014 E400 Hybrid sedan||$56,700|
|2014 E350 4MATIC wagon||$58,600|
|2014 E550 Coupe||$59,000|
|2014 E350 Cabriolet||$60,200|
|2014 E550 4MATIC sedan||$61,400|
|2014 E550 Cabriolet||$67,300|
|2014 E63 AMG 4MATIC sedan||$92,770|
|2014 E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC sedan||$99,770|
|2014 E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC wagon||$102,370|
If you are looking to find a competitor for the Mercedes E-Class, you won’t have to look very far, as you’ll find most of them hail directly from Mercedes’ home country of Germany. The list includes models like the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 in the European market, but in the U.S. market, models like Infiniti M already made a name and managed to steal lots of customers from the three famous German brands.
Just like the E-Class, the 5-Series is also about to receive a facelift. It won’t come with any significant updates, just some minor exterior changes. Under the hood, however, the current N55 engine will be dropped in favor of a new inline turbo six-cylinder.
Gallery BMW 5-Series
Our favorite of this class is the Audi A6. Prices start from an even lower $42,200, it has the best look of the three German models, and it has the choice of two engines: a 2.0 TFSI and a 3.0 TFSI. The A6, however, does receive one black mark, as the most powerful version delivers just 310 horsepower — significantly lower than the 402 horsepower offered in the E500.
Gallery Audi A6
It’s true, the facelifted E-Class brings a pretty impressive amount of updates, but we still think it misses that modern appearance offered by models like the Audi A6 or even Infiniti M. Not to mention that American customers are in a little disadvantage and do not receive all the engines offered in the European market. That makes the E-Class the best choice for those whom are paying for the logo on the car, not the car itself; for the rest of the people we are truly recommending taking a very good look at that wide competition.
- The new headlamps looks very cool
- New diesel engine for the American market
- New updates
- The facelift is not really impressive
- We would have appreciated more engines on the U.S. market
Gallery Mercedes E-Class
Mercedes-Benz introduces the extensively updated 2014 E-Class Sedan and Wagon, featuring highly efficient engines, an array of new driver assistance systems and even more refined styling. No less than eleven new or optimized assistance systems from the future S-Class celebrate their world premiere in both the sedan and wagon models. They combine a host of comfort and safety features, referred to by Mercedes- Benz as "intelligent drive." These groundbreaking systems include technologies that can help prevent accidents with pedestrians or vehicles crossing in front, Active Lane Keeping Assist for avoiding collisions with oncoming traffic and anti-glare continuous high-beam headlamps. All this and more ensures that Mercedes-Benz maintains its pioneering role in vehicle safety. The new E-Class also takes a major step forward in terms of efficiency, thanks to the new four-cylinder diesel engine. An extensive package of design updates round-off the new and compelling features of the MY14 E-Class, delivering an accomplished combination of efficiency, intelligence and style. The 2014 E-Class Sedan and Wagon will be in U.S. showrooms this Spring.
By conducting such a comprehensive redevelopment of the E-Class range, Mercedes- Benz is ensuring that its customers benefit from the very latest technical advances as soon as possible. The new E-Class also comes with distinctive updates in its styling for an elegant and sporty look, as well as significantly enhanced comfort features and upscale equipment, rounded-off by an exceptional level of efficiency and everyday driving pleasure. All of this comes together to ensure that the E-Class continues to consolidate its leading position in the luxury segment.
Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing Mercedes- Benz Cars: "We are setting clear trends in terms of safety, design and efficiency with the new E-Class. It puts many technical innovations on the road and undoubtedly is the best E-Class ever. This also finds expression in its design and its carefully revised interior, which bring a breath of fresh air to the luxury class. The ’E’ thus continues to hold its place at the very top of this demanding segment."
Design – a choice of two new front-end styles
Numerous intelligent modifications have given the E-Class a new front-end design and revised proportions. Designers applied the new Mercedes-Benz design language to reinterpret the brand’s classic design values on the existing basis. The outcome is an elegant, refined and yet sporty look.
The front end has been completely revised with new headlamps that incorporate all light functions within a single lens, while flowing light elements within the headlamps help to retain the "four-eyed" appearance that is such a distinctive E-Class signature. When it comes to light and sight, the E-Class sets the benchmark – low beam and daytime running lights both come with partial LED as standard, while full-LED headlamps are available as an option for the first time in this class.
In another first, the MY14 E-Class is available with two different front-end designs. The Luxury version comes with the classic sedan grille with 3-louver look and star on the hood. The Sport version, on the other hand, features the sports grille with integrated star, forming a visual link to the brand’s highperformance sports car models.
The hood and front bumper have also been completely redesigned. With its flowing lines, the hood offers a smooth, sleek expression of the new design language. The bumper has new, contemporary styling with an aerofoil shape along its lower edge for an even more distinctively sporting character. Sport models receive an even more confident front design, using the AMG styling package that features larger air intakes and a distinct aluminum trim line along the entire lower rim of the front bumper.
Dynamic, elegant proportions
A new feature line and a repositioned three-dimensional trim line bring new proportions to both the sedan and wagon. The feature line runs below the structure line from the rear door to the tail light, giving the car greater visual length. This is reinforced by the side trim, which is now much lower. The over-all effect is to make the MY14 E-Class look longer and more elegant, and at the same time both dynamic and composed.
Broad, distinctive rear end
The rear end of the MY14 E-Class features modifications to the lights and the bumper. The new LED tail lamps have a horizontal design that emphasizes the width of the vehicle, while the two-tone look comes with a distinctive nighttime signature. Sport models feature exposed dual exhaust pipes.
The generously proportioned interior of the E-Class has been subtly revised and harmonized with the expressive exterior. Premium materials, precise lines and clearly defined surfaces combine to create a sophisticated overall look-andfeel.
A new feature is the two-part trim extending across the entire soft-touch dashboard, which is available in two wood finishes – burl walnut or black ash. Also new are the 3-tube instrument cluster, the trapezoidal head-unit display, the air vent design and the analogue clock between the two central vents.
"Intelligent drive" with new assistance systems
What started with PRE-SAFE® and continued with DISTRONIC PLUS® has emerged as a new dimension of driving at Mercedes-Benz, where comfort and safety merge into one. Mercedes-Benz calls this "intelligent drive." A whole host of new or optimized systems from the future S-Class celebrate their world premiere in the E-Class, delivering increased comfort and safety, such as the all-new DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist.
The basis for all this is new state-of-the-art sensors and their associated algorithms. Mercedes-Benz has taken a major step forward with the introduction of the Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera. Just like the previous Mono Multi-Purpose Camera, it is located on the windshield near the rearview mirror. However, this camera features two "eyes," set at an angle of 45 degrees to produce a threedimensional view of the area up to 55 yards in front of the vehicle and with an overall range of up to 550 yards. The stereo camera gathers data for processing by various systems using intelligent algorithms. The systems can detect vehicles driving in front, oncoming or crossing and evaluate this three-dimensional visual information to determine their speed and position. They can also identify pedestrians within a large field of vision.
Along with the Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera, Mercedes-Benz is also introducing enhanced versions of the Multi-Mode Radar sensor system. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, a radar-based collision warning system with Adaptive Brake Assist is standard equipment on both the sedan and wagon. It helps to reduce significantly the risk of a rear-end collision. Also part of standard equipment is ATTENTION ASSIST®, which now warns of inattentiveness and drowsiness across a wider range, and provides visual information on attention level and time driven since the last break. The sensitivity of the newgeneration ATTENTION ASSIST® can be adjusted by the driver.
Also available are a number of assistance systems that are either new or now feature significantly enhanced functionality. In overview:
- DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist can help the driver keep the vehicle centered in its lane and can semi-autonomously follow in-line traffic.
- For the first time, the Brake Assist system BAS PLUS® with Cross- Traffic Assist is able to detect crossing traffic and pedestrians, and boost the braking power applied by the driver accordingly
- The PRE-SAFE® Brake can now detect pedestrians as well and initiate autonomous braking.
- PRE-SAFE® PLUS can identify an imminent rear-end collision and then prompt the PRE-SAFE® system to trigger occupant protection measures that reduce the forces exerted on passengers. If the vehicle is stationary, it can also prevent secondary accidents in the event of a rear-end collision by applying the brakes
- Active Lane Keeping Assist can now detect when the adjacent lane is not clear, including the presence of oncoming traffic, overtaking vehicles, crash barriers etc. Under threat of a collision, even if the lane marking is not a solid line, the system can prevent the vehicle from leaving its lane unintentionally by applying the brakes on one side. This system pairs perfectly with Active Blind Spot Assist.
- Adaptive Highbeam Assist PLUS allows high beam to remain permanently switched on without dazzling traffic by masking out other vehicles in the beams’ cone of light.
- Active Parking Assist enables automated parking with active steering and brake control in both parallel and perpendicular spaces
- The Surround View Camera will cover all four sides of the vehicle and enable a 360-degree view including virtual bird’s-eye perspective – a top view of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings. Dynamic guide lines help during parking and maneuvering.
Excellent performance with high gas mileage
Both the E-Class sedan and wagon boast a range of powerful and efficient gasoline and diesel engines. All come with the ECO start/stop system as standard equipment and are highly efficient. Mercedes-Benz offers the broadest range of ECO start/stop systems in the United States, as well as the most seamless, smooth, and unobtrusive algorithms.
The gasoline engines offered in the MY14 E-Class are the highly successful V6 and V8 units in the E350 and E550, which will go on sale in Spring 2013. They combine excellent response characteristics and outstanding power delivery with exceptional efficiency.
Powerful diesel engine and hybrid drive for outstanding efficiency
New in the MY14 E-Class sedan is the incredibly efficient four-cylinder diesel engine powering the E250 BlueTEC with 4MATIC all-wheel drive, available Fall 2013. Compliant with emissions legislations in all fifty states, the latest diesel model from Mercedes-Benz shows that premium elegance and outstanding economy are not mutually exclusive. The E250 BlueTEC generates 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, replacing the V6-powered E350 BlueTEC engine that only was available with rear-wheel drive.
A further feature of the MY14 E-Class range is the highly economical E400 HYBRID. Supplemented by an electric motor (27hp, 184 lb-ft), the E400 HYBRID offers the powerful and refined performance of the Mercedes-Benz 3.5- liter V6 (302hp, 273 lb-ft) paired with an outstanding gas mileage of 24/30 mpg (est. city/highway)
New-generation transmission for dynamic and economical driving
The engines in the MY14 E-Class are mated to the seven-speed automatic transmission with DIRECT SELECT lever and DIRECT SELECT shift paddles. This latest evolution of the seven-speed transmission offers significant benefits in terms of efficiency and ease of maintenance.
A new feature is the short-term M mode. If the driver shifts up or down manually, the transmission independently switches back to the fuel-efficient automatic shift mode after a pre-determined period of time elapses.
Traction and stability can also be enhanced across the MY14 E-Class lineup with the 4MATIC® permanent all-wheel-drive system – particularly effective in challenging surface conditions.
The E63 AMG sedan and wagon, launching in Fall 2013, comes with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT seven-speed MCT and 4MATIC in the United States, delivering incredible performance. More technical details will follow in January 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Refined suspension for excellent handling
Mercedes-Benz offers three suspension configurations for the MY14 E-Class:
- Configured for comfort, the AGILITY CONTROL suspension with strokedependent damping system is the standard suspension setup for the Luxury model
- In the Sport model, the AGILITY CONTROL suspension with strokedependent damping system is 15 mm lower and has a more sporty setup
- The E63 AMG comes with the AMG Adaptive Sport Suspension.
All suspension variants feature outstanding sensitivity and ride characteristics and help to ensure an excellent level of road holding.
All models in the MY14 E-Class lineup are fitted with an electromechanical Direct-Steer system as standard. This combines speed-sensitive power steering with a variable ratio across the steering angle range. The rack-and-pinion steering gear is controlled on-demand and therefore contributes towards efficiency.
Advantages of the electromechanical Direct-Steer system include:
- improved agility thanks to more direct steering response
- comfortable handling and smooth steering characteristics at all speeds
- improved efficiency, as energy is consumed only while steering
- enables innovative assistance systems, e.g. Active Parking Assist
The MY14 E-Class already comes with a comprehensive range of premium equipment as standard. Optional packages include the Premium 1 package with Rearview camera, COMAND navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, Harman/ kardon® Logic 7® surround sound, power rear window sunshade, heated front seats (standard with E550), active ventilated front seats and garage-door opener. Further packages available at launch are the Lighting package, Parking Assist package, Lane Tracking package, Wood Trim package and Wheel package. The Driver Assistance package and KEYLESS-GO package will be available shortly after launch.
The KEYLESS-GO package will feature electronic trunk closer and HANDSFREE ACCESS, which enables opening and closing of the trunk lid without physical contact by simply holding your foot beneath the bumper. This extremely convenient feature is particularly useful when loading and unloading the vehicle.
When it comes to infotainment, Mercedes-Benz delivers the MY14 E-Class sedan and wagon with the COMAND® system featuring AM/FM/WB radio, indash DVD/CD player, in-dash memory card slot, and Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling. Standard equipment also includes a central controller with a 7-inch, high-resolution display and a color display in the instrument cluster.