Mercedes-Benz has revealed UK pricing and spec details of the new, fifth-generation E-Class ahead of first deliveries in September.
The new BMW 5 Series rival is available, like the old car, in both saloon and estate guises, with prices starting from £39,130 for the entry-level E 200 Sport saloon and £41,460 for the E 200 Sport estate.
Seven other models are also on offer: the E 300 e AMG Line Edition saloon plug-in hybrid, priced from £46,230; the saloon and estate versions of the E 300 de AMG Line Edition, from £47,480 and £49,480 respectively; the Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic saloon (£64,750) and estate (£66,750); and the Mercedes-AMG E 63 4 Matic+ saloon (£98,370) and estate (£100,370).
The new E-Class will be offered with four equipment trims, spanning the entry-level Sport, AMG Line, AMG Line Premium and range-topping AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus.
Mercedes has given the fifth-generation E-Class a refresh, with revised styling, new electrified engines and more interior comfort and technology, in a bid to take the fight to rivals such as the Audi A6.
The current version of the long-running executive car was launched in 2016, and for this facelift, the saloon and estate versions have received subtle styling tweaks. These include new-look front and rear lights and bumpers and a grille that features a three-pointed star as standard. Cars in the AMG Line specs gain extra design revisions to bring their styling closer to that of Mercedes-AMG models such as the E53. The rugged All-Terrain estate version has received extra changes that tighten the visual links between it and Mercedes’ SUVs.
While the exterior changes are minor, Mercedes has extensively reworked the E-Class’s electronics, allowing the firm to offer a host of new driver assistance systems, ‘energising’ comfort seats and its latest infotainment technology. The E-Class now comes as standard with two 10.25in screens, for the MBUX infotainment and instrumentation, with 12.3in screens optional.
A new steering wheel design, which features capacitive touch controls, is offered in three varieties and is set to be introduced across the firm’s range.
The revised engine line-up includes seven petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants across the saloon and estate bodystyles, variously offering rear- and four-wheel drive. Outputs for the PHEVs range from 154bhp to 362bhp for the petrol units and 158bhp to 326bhp for the diesels.