Mercedes E-Class saloon and Estate updated for 2020
The Mercedes E-Class has been given a mid-life nip and tuck, with a comprehensive redesign inside and out, plus extra kit and new technology features. The saloon and Estate versions will go on sale in June 2020; Coupe and Cabriolet versions are due to be revealed later.
Included in the revised line-up will be facelifted versions of the E 300 e (petrol) and E 300 de (diesel) plug-in hybrid models. While unconfirmed, it’s likely these models will carry over their respective powertrains unchanged, although minor aerodynamic modifications may see a small increase in each car’s all-electric range.
Each new E-Class model gets a set of redesigned headlights and a slimmer set of tail-lights, as well as a reprofiled grille at the front. AMG Line models get new bumpers, and there are three new colour options to choose from.
Inside, every model now gets twin digital screens as standard; previously, basic models used a set of analogue dials paired with a central infotainment display. Buyers can upgrade the two 10.25-inch monitors to a pair of 12.3-inch screens. The E-Class also features the augmented reality navigation setup first seen in the smaller A-Class, whereby arrows are overlaid on footage from a front-facing camera to show you which turn to take.
There’s a whole load of extra safety equipment on board, too, including a new steering wheel with ‘capacitive hands-off detection’ for use in conjunction with the E-Class' adaptive cruise control system, which now features route-based speed adjustment.
On top of this, the new E-Class also gets stop-start, steering assistance, braking assistance and blind-spot monitoring, as well as parking assistance with a 360-degree camera featuring an expanded side view. Mercedes says there's now additional “hardware and digital solutions for protection against theft and damage” – following a recent rise in keyless car thefts.
Elsewhere, there are new interior trims to pick from and the driver’s seat now adjusts automatically when you input your height into the car’s media display. Mercedes claims the seating position should only need to be “fine-tuned” after doing this.
The new Mercedes E-Class, including the plug-in hybrid E 300 models and the powerful AMG E 53, go on sale in June, with deliveries expected in the autumn. The revised line-up is likely to start from around £40,000, with the plug-in models priced from a smidge under £50,000. As ever, the popular AMG Line trim should cost about £3,000 more than the entry-level car.