Mid-life update brings revised front-end styling, a higher-quality interior and smaller, cleaner engines
31 July 2012

Mercedes-Benz is set to ditch the E-class’s distinctive quad-headlight treatment as part of a series of mid-life changes to the current model.

The heavily reworked E-class, caught here in prototype estate guise during testing ahead of its launch at next year’s Detroit show, sports a new front-end look aimed at providing it with a more cohesive appearance than the current model.

Among the styling changes made to the car, codenamed W212, are the adoption of two new single-element headlights complete with integral LED daytime running lights.

The angular units are said to provide the E-class with a much tidier appearance, less shutline exposure and improved aerodynamic efficiency. 

Other changes include a revised grille and front bumper, reworked tail-lights and a reprofiled rear bumper.

Higher-quality trims, revised instrument graphics and the latest version of Mercedes’ Comand multimedia system are among the interior changes as part of a bid to lift the perceived quality of the E-class, which is under fire from the newer Audi A6 and BMW 5-series.

The existing M271 four-cylinder petrol engines will be replaced with the newer, more efficient M274 units.

Mercedes plans to bring a 154bhp 1.6-litre unit to the E-class. Already found in the C180 BlueEfficiency, it will be fitted to an entry-level model likely to be badged E200 BlueEfficiency.

A trio of 2.0 four-pots will be positioned above it: a 181bhp unit for the E220, 208bhp for the E250 and 248bhp for the E300. Also planned is a turbocharged 335bhp 3.5 V6 for the E400 and a turbo 4.6 V8 with 429bhp for the E500.

Diesels are expected to include a 2.1-litre four-pot in different states of tune for the E200, E220 and E250 CDI. The 208bhp 3.0 V6 for the E300 CDI is likely to be axed.

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31 July 2012

Glad they're ditching the awful four-headlight look, although the heavily-styled rear quarter panel still grates.  Pity they're not going to update the interior design other than trim and graphics, because I think it's dating fast.

Now all they need to is improve the reliability issues that the coupé & convertible have suffered from and they'll have a lovely motor on their hands...

31 July 2012

I think it looks good and the new engines sound like they should be great! Especially all those new petrols!

31 July 2012

MB used to bring out a new model every 5-7 years thus helping mainain their value. Over the last decade or so that model change/revamp has dropped to 4=3 and now 2 years. Very poor show

what's life without imagination

31 July 2012

There was nothing wrong with the front, the problem is the rear passenger doors.

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