The best-selling model series in the history of Mercedes-Benz, The E-Class has received a facelift and has been unveiled. The facelift E gets new headlamps, tail-lamps, front and rear bumper and a redesigned front grille. The entry-level model already comes with the sporty Avantgarde Line exterior which means the base model E also features a central star for the first time.
It now comes equipped with the latest driver assists and safety features. These include New steering wheel generation with capacitive hands-off detection, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adjustment, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist which now also comes with exit warning which works like this, When the vehicle is stopped, the system warns the passengers visually in the exterior mirror before they get out if a vehicle, even a bicycle, is driving past in the critical area. If the driver tries to use the door handle at this moment, an additional audible warning will sound, and the ambient door lighting will start to flash red. It detects passing road users moving at a speed of more than 7 km/h. The function is also available when the vehicle is stationary and up to three minutes after the ignition has been switched off.
There are three new paint colours available for the E-Class as part of the model refresh, these go by the names high-tech silver, graphite grey metallic and mojave silver. The wheel line-up has also been expanded and now includes aero wheels, which also contribute to saving fuel and thus to sustainability. On the inside the new E gets Two 10.25-inch digital screens as standard. It also gets the latest generation of MBUX with comes equipped with LINGUATRONIC voice control and augmented reality. The optional MBUX Interior Assistant allows intuitive, natural operation of various comfort and MBUX functions also by movement recognition. When a hand approaches the touchscreen or the touchpad on the center console, the media display changes, and individual elements are highlighted. The E gets adaptive drivers’ seat, the height of the body is entered on the media display or via Mercedes me and then the seat automatically moves into a usually fitting position, which only needs to be fine-tuned by the driver.
The design of the front seats accentuates the sporty aura of the interior. They offer strong lateral support without compromising on comfort. The seats combine the hallmark Mercedes-Benz long-distance suitability with avant-garde design. The colours of the centre sections of the seat backrest and cushion are matched to the overall sculpture of the seats. Numerous material combinations ranging from fabric to ARTICO man-made leather to embossed leather to nappa leather with diamond quilting are possible.
The electrification of the powertrain takes another major step forward with the model update of the E-Class. Seven models are available as plug-in hybrids (diesel and petrol, Saloon and Estate, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive). The line-up of high-efficiency, low-emission and powerful petrol engines are available in two states of tune. The lower spec produces 154 Bhp while the higher spec makes about 362, while the spectrum of diesel vehicles spans from 158 Bhp to 326 Bhp.
For the first time, a four-cylinder petrol engine (M 254) with second-generation integrated starter-generator (ISG) producing up to 15 kW of additional output and 180 Nm more torque will complement the engine range. Models equipped with this engine will have a 48-volt on-board electrical system. Thanks to energy recovery and the ability to "glide" with the engine switched off, the petrol engine is highly efficient. The in-line six-cylinder petrol engine (M 256), available for the first time in the E-Class, is also fitted with an ISG. The engine line-up is rounded off by the six-cylinder diesel (OM 656). This engine and the OM 654 four-cylinder version feature an expanded emission control system.
With a new facelift comes a new AMG variant too, the AMG E 53 4MATIC+. E 53 4MATIC+ is available both as a saloon and an estate.
The electrified 3.0-litre engine with twin turbocharging via an exhaust gas turbocharger and an electric additional compressor generates an output of 435 HP and produces a peak torque of 520 Nm. Its EQ Boost starter-alternator briefly provides an additional 16 kW of output plus 250 Nm of torque and feeds the 48 V on-board electrical system. Other technical highlights include the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and the fully variable all-wheel drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+. The Facelift E is a welcome update. All the changes and additions make the E a better package than ever before. It is expected to be launched in India very soon.