Mercedes-Benz reveals heavily facelifted E-Class

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Mercedes-Benz’s extensive E-Class update centres on revised styling and next generation driving assistance systems.

After 14 million Saloon and Estate models sold, with 351,000 of them being the current fifth-generation car – the facelifted version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has made its debut.

Outside, the key E-Class styling changes include revised front headlights, with full-LED as standard and MULTIBEAM LED as an option. Also, at the front, there’s a revised grille and reshaped front bumper.

Move to the back, and like the front there are revised tail lamps. While All-Terrain versions now look more like standard E-Class models.

Inside, there are now two 10.25 digital screens as standard, with the option of a widescreen cockpit with two 12.3-inch displays. Plus, MBUX with LINGUATRONIC voice control with augmented reality Interior Assistant.

More significant, are the next generation driving assistance systems included. These include a new steering wheel generation with capacitive hands-off detection, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adjustment, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist; in the Driving Assistance Package now also has a turning manoeuvre function, Active Blind Spot Assist – which now also includes exit warning. Finally, the Parking Package in conjunction with 360° camera, now features an expanded side view, and for the first-time automatic parking – not only in parallel and end-on parking spaces, but also in marked areas.

The facelifted E-Class is offered with seven plug-in hybrid, diesel and petrol engines. With the choice of rear and four-wheel drive. Another new engine option is the new M254 mild-hybrid petrol.

On sale in the UK by May, with first deliveries due in September, UK pricing and specifications are yet to be confirmed.

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