Mercedes has unveiled the world première 2013 E-Class at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Centre of Carlsbad, California.
The restyling concerns the front, now more aggressive, the redesigned sides and rear and offers few updates inside. The new nose is characterised by the return to a two headlights cluster, instead of the four lights that marked the Mercedes E-Class' design of the past few years. Full LED headlights, however, do not come as standard and have to be ordered specifically.
The 2013 Mercedes E-Class also offers a new rounder grille and a revised bonnet, as well as two large side air vents that distinguish the new sports focus look of the car. The side boasts new mini skirts and the sweeping flank lines make the design more dynamic. The rear of the car features new unique LED lights and a new bumper with integrated exhaust that further distinguish its brand-new look.
The revamped engine line-up includes twelve engines, six petrol, five diesel and one hybrid diesel unit, with output ranging from 136 to 408 HP. The new E-Class is traditionally offered with rear-wheel drive as standard, but some engines can also be order with 4Matic all-wheel drive.
The Mercedes E-Class diesel line-up is based on the same 2143 cc turbo entry-level unit, boasting modified components and specific electronic management, to adapt to the three power outputs options: Mercedes E 200 CDI develops 136 horsepower and 360 Nm, Mercedes E-Class 220 CDI with 170 hp and 400 Nm and Mercedes E-Class 250 CDI with 204 hp and 500 Nm. The two most performing versions are equipped with 3.0-litre V6 diesel engines: Mercedes E 300 Bluetec with maximum output of 231 hp and peak torque of 540 Nm and Mercedes E 350 Bluetec with 252 HP and 620 Nm.
The petrol range starts with an entry-level four-cylinder 2.0-litre unit, offered in two power outputs: Mercedes E-Class 200 with 184 hp and 300 Nm and the more powerful 211 hp and 350 Nm version fitted on Mercedes E-Class 250. There are also three V6 engines available: the Mercedes E-Class 300 with a 3.5-litre producing 252 hp and 340 Nm, Mercedes E-Class 350, same engine, delivering up to 306 hp and 370 Nm and the brand-new, high-performing 3.0 litres twin-turbo V6 of Mercedes E-Class 400 which produces an output of 333 horses and 480 Nm.
Very interesting is the new Mercedes E-Class 300 BlueTec Hybrid: the 4-cylinder diesel unit with 204 hp and 500 Nm, combined with an electric motor of 26 hp and 280 Nm, that guarantee high efficiency, good performance and low consumption.
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The new Mercedes E-Class comes with improved safety features as standard: Collision Prevention Assist, which uses a radar to reduces the risk of collision with the car ahead, and works together with the Brake Assist system of the car. Available on request also: Pre-Safe and Pre-Safe Plus, Adaptive Highbeam Plus, Bas Plus and Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control. The 2013 Mercedes E-Class sees the debut of the Hands-free Access system, which automatically open and close the doors.
The new E-Class is packed with high-tech gadgets to improve on-board comfort and safety. Mercedes offers an upgraded Audio system with CD player, mp3, USB dock and 5.7-inch colour display. Customers can also opt for COMAND Online 7.0-inch info-tainment system, internet access, HDD satellite navigation, advanced features for social networking and a hard drive to store data and music.