While a mid-cycle update and not an all-new model, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class makes a small yet important change to the car’s design, dropping a feature that has characterized its look since 1995.
Yes, gone are the four-eyes headlights, replace by two larger units, one on each side (obviously), though unique LED light bars within the headlights will still give the nigh-time effect of four individual units.
Apart from that change, the overall design is now smoother and less busy, with the large flared hindquarters now blending into the rest of the vehicle.
Under the hood, the usual V6 and V8 engines are offered in the E350 and E550 making 302 hp and 402 hp respectively. Coming next Fall, however, is a new diesel engine, in the E250 BlueTEC. With 4-cylinders it will offer 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, with fuel economy numbers being announced closer to launch.
Those who prefer their miles per gallon to be more electric can opt for the E400 Hybrid, with a 302 hp V6 mated to an electric motor to deliver 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Also helping improve fuel economy, all models will get a start-stop feature.
Inside the cabin come modest updates with new gauges and a new screen at the top of the center stack; though the usually-cluttered set of buttons below remains.
With a continued focus on being a safety leader, Mercedes has equipped the 2014 E-Class with Collision Prevention Assist as standard, which will warn the driver if they are approaching a vehicle in front too closely.
Optional safety equipment includes a new generation Driver Assistance Package with Distronic Plus, which combines a full speed cruise control that will allow the car to keep a set distance from a vehicle ahead, while also helping keep it in its lane. In addition, the package includes Bas Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist that will apply the brakes if a vehicle or pedestrian comes into the lane, plus there’s a full Pre-Safe Brake system with autonomous emergency braking.
Mercedes will give the new E-Class its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Will there be E 300 petrol, and wich engine will it have?
Will it be like current one with 3.5 V6 252 hp, or will they go the 2.0 T way for it too with some 250 hp.
I think that 2.0 T would be much better choice, after all BMWs 528i (2.0 T, 245 hp) turns out to be great sucses, in Europe at least...
12-15-2012 09:19 AM
There is much change, in this new Class E personally i love these new headlights.
12-30-2012 09:02 PM
But i personally liked this Four-Eyes model.
magna steyr 210.282
01-02-2013 09:50 AM
4matic diesel? I hope the diesel model isn't a pooch.
01-08-2013 10:05 PM
It looks to me like MB and BMW just seem to be copying each other - it's that darn ugly air scoop on the front bumper and the rear mounted SOS (or whatever) antennae that comes to mind. MB had a perfectly good antenna that couldn't stand car washes, but for whatever reason they switched to a Bimmer style sharktail antenna which looks hideous. Now they have air scoops that look like a Bimmer X type or that darn ugly Porsche Cayenne front end. OK, I'll stop here.
The 4 light scheme really differentiated the E class to a point where a lot of others from Lexus to Kia copied that setup. I would have loved that they kept the 4-light setup, but we have to move on, realistically.
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