Following months of speculation and numerous teases released online, Mercedes Benz has finally unveiled the 2014 Mercedes Benz E-Class, which brings new style and technology to the company’s iconic midsized offering.
When Mercedes stylists went to work revitalizing the exterior styling of the 2014 E-Class sedan, they made a number of significant changes that have given the car a fresh new set of clothes. A key change for 2014 is that the car’s familiar quad headlight setup has been shelved in favor of an all-new lighting design, which works hand in hand with the reworked front end to give the car a sleeker profile and also allow the E-Class to better fit into the company’s current design language. LED running lights are standard equipment, but the 2014 E-Class will be the first premium mid-size offering in its class to offer full LED headlamps as an optional piece of equipment for buyers looking for a brighter alternative to conventional units. Rear styling has also been revamped though it’s more of a subtle refresh versus an outright redesign.
The interior of the 2014 E-Class has also been reworked by Mercedes engineers and receives a host of updates for 2014. A reworked center stack promises to bring more efficiency and technology to E-Class buyers while revised interior materials improve the overall quality and premium feel of the cabin. In addition to these updates, the car’s safety technology has also been revamped for 2014. A new windshield integrated “Stereo Motion Multi Purpose Camera” provides more efficient vigilance for the driver and watches out for oncoming vehicles and other obstacles. Further emphasizing this renewed focus on driver safety is a new radar assisted “Collision Prevention Assist” which is designed to reduce the chance of a rear impact type crash.
While the exterior and the interior of the 2014 E-Class have seen substantial changes, the car’s performance hardware retains many of the engines seen in the previous generation E-Class. The V6-powered E350 and the V8-powered E550 will retain their respective power plants, but Mercedes claims that more engines are in the pipeline and that they will all slowly appear later in the car’s production cycle.
One of these upcoming engines is a new environmentally friendly 2.1 liter four cylinder turbo-diesel motor that will make its debut in the upcoming E250 BlueTEC 4 Matic. Good for 190 horsepower and a stout 363 lb ft of torque, this model replaces the old E350 BlueTEC model which was only available with rear-wheel drive. Hybrid fans looking for an alternative to diesel power will be pleased to hear that the E400 Hybrid will continue to be produced for the 2014 model year.
After the 2014 E-Class makes its official debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show next month, look for sales to begin next spring with the arrival of the E350 and the E550, with the E250 BlueTEC 4 Matic arriving in dealer lots shortly afterward.
(Update:) Mercedes Benz has released a brief video of the 2014 E-Class in action which can be seen below.