The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-class is the result of what we imagine is the most extensive face-lift in the history of the brand. This mid-term make over packs a considerable amount of new technology under significantly restyled sedan and wagon bodies. But a nip and tuck as extreme as anything seen in any plastic surgeon’s office wasn’t unwarranted given the number of redesigned competitors in the mid-size luxury-sedan segment. The Audi A6, the BMW 5-series, and the Lexus GS all are still quite fresh, and the
A seven-speed automatic will be standard fare across the E-class board. The interior is beautifully equipped, with lavish-looking seats, a new steering wheel, and wood or aluminum décor that now stretches along the entire dashboard. One highlight is a center-mounted analog clock that recalls art-deco style.
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The design team under Gordon Wagener has done away with the Ponton-inspired rear fenders, which were launched with much fanfare almost four years ago. But the biggest changes feature at the front end. For the first time since the W124 E-class went out of production in 1995, Mercedes returns to a single, if complex, headlamp shape. The four-eye look is now merely hinted at by the car’s LED daytime running lights. Two trims, Luxury and Sport, will be immediately recognizable just by checking the resculpted hood: The former will retain the three-pointed star ornament, while the latter ditches it in favor of a more aggressive grille-and-logo treatment. Sport models will also sit slightly lower than their more comfort-oriented counterparts.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-class will make its in-the-metal debut at the 2013 Detroit auto show in just a few weeks’ time; the E350 and E550 are slated to hit showroom floors in the spring, the diesel E250 in the fall. Timing for the hybrid is unannounced and the E63 will go on sale next summer. While the E-class never felt outdated, even in the face of a rapidly improving segment, its extensive face lift certainly will do Mercedes no harm in fighting off its bread-and-butter’s adversaries new and old.