Mercedes-Benz used its press conference late yesterday at the 2013 North American International Auto Show to unveil its newly-refreshed lineup of E-Class models, which introduce new technology and styling to the iconic E-Class Sedan and Wagon, while bringing all wheel drive and more power to the top of the line E63 AMG model.
As previously reported here on Autosavant, the 2014 E-Class will feature revised styling elements that help bring the car in tune with the company’s new design language. The majority of the changes are located at the front end which features reworked headlights that ditch the familiar quad lamp look in favor of new units that come equipped with standard LED running lights, while full LED headlamps will be available as a stylish piece of optional equipment. The rear styling of the E-Class has also been refreshed by Mercedes stylists though on a more subtle scale than the front end. The new styling looked great in person and the company’ stylists have done a nice job adapting the E-Class’s new clothes to the company’s current design trends.
The interior of the 2014 E-Class has also received tweaks and refinements and they all did their part to make the cabin of the new E-Class an enjoyable place to spend time in. The supportive and attractive looking leather seats were very comfortable and many of the new higher grade materials added a dash of quality to the well appointed cabin, especially when paired with the attractive wood trim inside the wagon model that Mercedes had on display. The E63 AMG resides atop the lineup and features a performance-oriented interior with new gauges and loads of other performance goodies. The seats in this model were very supportive and the splashes of leather and Alcantara synthetic suede looked and felt great.
Speaking of the E63 AMG, its performance hardware has been changed for 2014 with the addition of a new all wheel drive system which makes the E63 a viable choice for four season driving. Regardless of which time of the year it is, the E63’s updated 5.5 liter turbocharged V8 still provides the serious muscle AMG fans have come to expect from a car of its pedigree. Good for a solid 550 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, these figures can be increased to an insane 577 horsepower and a planet-pulling 590 lb ft of torque when buyers choose the uplevel S variant. All of this muscle is channeled through a new seven speed automatic gearbox that can also be shifted through steering wheel mounted paddles. Non AMG versions of the new E-Class will retain the current V6 and V8 power plants that they received last year, both of which do an excellent job powering both models.
With its new exterior styling, state of the art technology, and world class performance hardware. the 2014 Mercedes E-Class looks like a world-class luxury car once again, and should give BMW and Audi formidable competition in the full sized luxury car segment. We eagerly look forward to seeing what Mercedes has in store for its flagship S-Class model when it eventually debuts, since the company outright said that many of the E’s new technologies would find their way to the next S-Class.