Mercedes E-Class facelift gets some subtle styling changes, new electrified powertrains and technological updates to rival BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.
Initially, the 2020 Mercedes E-Class was scheduled to have its global debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Unfortunately, the international auto event has been cancelled at the last minute due to the Coronavirus threat that makes the German carmaker reveal the new product online instead.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (facelift) comes with a batch of tweaks on the outside, thus giving it a more polished and elegant look. The new E-Class takes some styling cues from the A-Class with singular integrated headlamps, a diamond grille along with a three-part split air dam.
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The side profile of the car remains more or less similar barring a new set of alloy wheels. The rear profile of the E-Class is where the changes are major. The tail design looks sharper with tri-angular sweptback taillights in place of the squarish units alongside the angular dual exhaust pipes and revised rear bumper.
Mercedes has thoroughly reworked the E-Class sedan’s interior. There’s new flat-bottom steering with capacitive controls mounted on each side for a retro look. It comes with two 10.25 inch screens for the digital instrumentation as well as the MBUX infotainment system as standard. Buyers can also opt for larger 12.3-inch screens that can be configured in four styles.
Some of the key features on the E-Class facelift are the energizing comfort seats which can adjust the seats posture as well as control the music, light and massage functions. Mercedes-Benz also offers the new E-Class a host of driver assistance to enhance the driving experience and safety of the vehicle.
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The suite of driving assistance features encompasses Active Brake Assist, Active Distance Assist, Active Speed Limit, Active Steering, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Parking with Parktronic, Active Stop-and-Go Assist along with a 360-degree camera.
The global-spec Mercedes-Benz E-Class is powered by multiple petrol and diesel engines with plug-in-hybrids tech, making seven petrol & diesel plug-in hybrid variants across the sedan and the estate versions. The PHEV ranges can make an output of 156 HP to 367 HP for the petrol models along with 160 HP to 330 HP for the diesel units. Full details remain unclear until now.
Other engine options on the E-Class include a new 4-cylinder petrol engine option getting an integrated 48V starter motor for an additional electronic boost. There are six-cylinder petrol and diesel motors, all of which feature a 48V on-board electrical system.
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As for the range-topping Mercedes-Benz AMG E53, it employs a mild-hybrid 3.0-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder petrol powertrain system. While the regular 3.0-litre engine delivers 435 HP and 520 Nm of torque, the 48V starter-alternator motor adds an electronic boost of 22 HP and 250 Nm when needed. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift is due to go on sale in the international markets in the coming months. We expect it to enter the Indian market later this year, in a bid to stack up against the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6.