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Comprehensive styling changes and revised engines to boost Mercedes’ executive line-up

Mid-life revisions to the Mercedes-Benz E-class will be the most comprehensive in the firm’s history, insiders have claimed. The changes are designed to boost showroom appeal against a backdrop of stiffer competition and flagging sales. The extensively restyled and re-engineered range will be revealed at the Detroit motor show in January. 

The chief styling change is a return to two headlights from the unloved four, while a new front bumper, grille and bonnet will give the E-class greater presence. The rear door skins, wings and tail lamps are also new. A design source described the theme as “less is more”.

The new E-class retains the basic fascia architecture of the current car, while efforts have been made to improve perceived quality. Higher-grade materials, more supportive seats, new instrument graphics and switchgear, and an improved multimedia system have all been adopted.

New turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engines will be added to the line-up. The M274 units are essentially the same as the transversely mounted M270 units in the A-class range, but are re-engineered for longitudinal mounting and rear-wheel drive.

The engines will include a 156bhp 1.6 for the base E180 and a 2.0 with 181bhp, 208bhp and 248bhp in the E200, E250 and E350. A new twin-turbo 3.0 V6 with 335bhp will feature in the new E400 — 34bhp more than the normally aspirated E350 unit it replaces.

A twin-turbo 4.7 V8 with 429bhp will be used in the E500. The range-topper will again be the E63 AMG, with its twin-turbo 5.5 V8 producing 518bhp in standard tune.

The 2.1-litre turbodiesel will continue with 134bhp, 168bhp and 201bhp in the E200 CDI, E220 CDI and E250 CDI respectively. A 3.0 V6 diesel with 227bhp and 261bhp will power the E300 and E350 CDI.

Hybrid options will be a development of the diesel-electric E300 unit, which could use a nine-speed automatic gearbox, and a not-for-UK petrol-electric E400 hybrid.

Chassis tweaks could include Mercedes’ advanced new Magic Ride adaptive damping, which uses a camera to scan road conditions ahead. 

New safety features are likely to include revised Distronic cruise control and Brake Assist, both with anti-collision systems.

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TS7 29 October 2012

I rather like the 4-headlight

I rather like the 4-headlight front end.

Tom Chet 29 October 2012

Less is more

Totally agree with catnip about the contrived lines of the A and B classes.  If this restyle really does mean 'less is more' and fewer swage lines all over the bodywork then that's got to be good. 

alfie scooby 28 October 2012

a case of history repeating itself

Mercedes hit a design dead-end with the 'fin tail' back in the 60's. I guess the four head lamp treatment would now be viewed as a similar debacle