The fifth-generation Mercedes Benz E-Class has received its facelift meaning it is long due for its retirement soon. The body design is still the same, but the changes are on the front, rear and interior plus with new model trims. The face looks much more friendly and less elegant as I expected but it will take time to get used to. The notable change is the rear design which spots a slimmer taillight design in new LED lights. Overall the exterior looks good and not too showy, it is just fine.
The E-Class will receive the new E350e plug-in hybrid model which is a first for the E-Class line-up. There are three engines available including the AMG engine in the E53 model. The base model E350 comes with rear-wheel drive as standard but you can opt for the 4Matic All-Wheel Drive system. It is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol inline 4-cylinder producing 255 hp (190 kW) and 370 Nm of torque.
Then next one is the new E450 which is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol inline 6-cylinder engine that is assisted by an EQ boost system and together they produce 362 hp (296 kW) and 500 Nm of torque. Next up is the plug-in EV E350e model which uses a 2.0 litre turbocharged inline 4-cylinder petrol engine together with a 90 kWh battery and an electric motor. Together they produce an astonishing 315 hp (234 KW) and 700 Nm of torque.
The more powerful E53 AMG model hasn’t seen a change in power output as it still uses the same engine as the pre-facelift model. The engine is a 3.0-litre twin-turbopetrol 6-cylinder engine producing 429 hp (320 kW) with an extra 21 hp (16 kW) from a 48-volt mild hybrid system and together they produce an incredible 770 Nm of torque. The E53 AMG can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. The new thing on this E53 is that it now comes with drift mode like on the E63 S AMG.
The new E-Class interior looks the same, but it now comes with the latest Mercedes Benz MBUX infotainment system which comes with a 12.3-inches centre touchscreen with a touchpad and another 12.3-inches digital screen for the instrument cluster. It comes with various new safety kits like Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, hands-off detection system, automatic emergency braking and an improved 360-degree camera.
There are new exterior colours you can get on the facelifted E-Class which are Graphite Grey, Mojave Silver and Cirrus Silver. We are expecting the E-Class Coupe and E63 S AMG facelift to be revealed at a later stage.