Heavily revised Mercedes E-Class revealed
Mercedes has revealed today the 2013/14 E-Class which features 'the most comprehensive makeover' in Mercedes' history, according to the automaker. Whereas it’s commonplace to give a car a mid-life facelift consisting of new bumpers and a bit of interior trim, this new model manages to change almost every body panel as well.
The front gets the most noticeable changes, with new single-unit headlights replacing the twin setup of the previous generation. These are smoother, with LED DRLs as standard in an intricate design as is common these days. There is a new bumper, which on the AMG Sport model features large side intakes and the grille is also altered, featuring 2 bars on the Sport, 3 bars on others. The whole grille and headlights sit lower than before, giving a more aggressive appearance and there is a new bonnet too.
One of the more controversial styling elements of the previous model was the heavy crease accentuating the rear wheelarches, well it would appear that Mercedes have been listening as this has been smoothed out for the facelift. This is a major change, as it requires the entire side panel to be changed. There are also new LED rear lights and the rear bumper receives the same smoothing treatment. It’s certainly a more striking looking car now, especially in the AMG Sport trim seen on the red estate.
The standard E-class range will be offered with just one petrol engine in two states of tune. The turbocharged 2.0-litre unit is available with 181 bhp in the E200 and 208 bhp in the E250. A third petrol option will be offered in the yet to be revealed E63 AMG, which is tipped to offer a 550+ bhp version of the current twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8.
Two carried-over diesels are planned: a 2.1-litre four-cylinder with 134 bhp in the E200 CDI, 168 bhp in the E220 CDI and 201 bhp in the E250 CDI, and a 3.0-litre V6 with 248 bhp in the E350. The economy champion is the E220 CDI. Its claimed 60.1 mpg is 2.4 mpg better than the outgoing model in seven-speed automatic guise, giving a 4 g/km reduction in CO2 emissions at 125 g/km. The UK line-up will also include the E300 BlueTec diesel-electric hybrid.
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