Consumers don’t have to wait for the 2016 redesign of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class before seeing some high-tech equipment developed for the upcoming S-class sedan. In fact, they could experience such equipment in the restyled 2014 E-class range that will go on sale this June 2013.
The restyled 2014 Mercedes E-class range -- including the coupe and soft-top cabriolet – is endowed with the standard and optional safety and handling features that were developed for the S-class.
These features include the optional steering-assist system called Distronic Plus, which keeps the car in its lane and keeps pace with traffic. Mercedes-Benz will initially sell the coupe and cabriolet as the E350, powered by a 3.5-liter 302-hp V-6, and the E550, powered by a 4.6-liter, 402-hp V-8.
The E350 coupe and cabriolet will be then replaced this fall with the 2015 E400 biturbo, powered by a 333-hp engine. The E-class coupe and cabriolet are targeted against the Audi A5 sedan and convertible, the Jaguar XF coupe, and the Jaguar XK coupe and convertible.
Mercedes also endowed the E-class range, including a sedan and station wagon restyled in April 2013, with the usual mid-life upgrades due to increasing competition in the mid-sized luxury segment. The E-class led the segment in the United States in 2012, with 65,171 units sold. The restyled E-class now includes new standard features like radar-based collision prevention and attention assist systems, a stop-start feature and LED lights.
Customers could opt for more features like the Intelligent Drive, which include a system that recognizes stationary vehicles and pedestrians, braking autonomously at speeds up to 30 mph. Customers could also opt for the Pre-safe Plus feature, which recognizes a looming rear-end crash and brakes the vehicle to prevent secondary accidents.
The face-lifted E-Class now features sharper overall looks. Thanks to certain exterior tweaks, the new E-Class now dons a new front end as well as more exciting proportions. However, the carmaker has made sure that the new Mercedes design idiom was implemented in a consistent manner while reinterpreting the brand’s classical design values. Thus, the new E-Class has become a vehicle that doesn’t just looks refined and sporty, but is also emotionally appealing.
Some of the tweaks made on the E-Class include redesigned headlamps that have integrated all functional elements in a single headlamp lens. Thanks to flowing light elements within the headlamps, the new E-Class still sports its "four-eyed" look, thereby lending both its Saloon and the Estate with an unmistakable night design. Moreover, the light emitting diode units are used for both the low-beam headlamps and the daytime running lamps. For those who want more, they could also opt for full LED headlamps.
Interestingly, customers could choose from two front ends for the new E-Class. For the basic and Elegance line variants, the E-class is provided with classic 3D Saloon grille with three-louvre appearance, with the Mercedes-Benz star located on the bonnet. On the other hand, the E-Class packed with the Avant-garde equipment line features a sportier front end with twin louvre shaped around the recess of the centrally positioned star.