The 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213) facelift is slated to be officially unveiled next month at the Geneva Motor Show, but the three pointed star has just released a video on its YouTube channel that dives into the major changes planned for the D-segment sedan’s mid-life update.
The video, hosted by German YouTuber fünfkommasechs, includes a walkaround of the updated E-Class, as well as a drive, with E-Class chief engineer, Michael Kelz. Do remember to hit the “CC” button for English translated subtitles!
Mercedes-Benz brought out three cars out to the Nevada desert to showcase the different “lines” of styling specification, including the AMG line body kits, as well as a Night Package which deletes most chrome trims. There was also a plug-in hybrid variant on display, as denoted by the charging port at the rear bumper.
In terms of styling changes, the updated E-Class will feature a new front fascia that resembles the latest Mercedes-Benz line-up such as the A-Class, with a more angular front grille and new headlights featuring the new daytime-running lights design.
The taillights also get a major makeover, although it is heavily obscured with camouflage tape. On some variants, the front hood also features two prominent “power bumps”, similar to that of the Mercedes-AMG models.
Perhaps the biggest change to the D-segment sedan is the engine options, with the introduction of the new M254 four-cylinder engine, as well as the M256 inline-six engine, previously seen on the CLS.
The M254 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine now comes with a Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and 48V mild-hybrid technology. The ISG is mounted between the engine and the gearbox to provide electric power assistance at launch, start-stop situations, and reduce fuel consumption while driving with the “Gliding 2” technology.
Inside, the changes are less obvious. General dashboard architecture remains the same, though the infotainment display now supports touchscreen and gesture control, featuring the new MBUX system.
The driving assistance package also now includes an updated parking assistant, which Kelz says that it is now probably faster than a human. The new sensors behind the bumpers also helps enhance the active driving assistance features.
The steering wheel has also been updated, and the two touchpad controls have been improved. On the AMG-line model as seen in the video, the car now features a newly-designed steering wheel, characterised by twin spokes on the three- and nine-o’clock sides.
Michael Kelz explains that most changes done to the E-Class are for the purpose of improving driving efficiency, such as the new powertrain options, and driving technologies. The overall drag coefficient has also been reduced by lowering the E-Class by a hair.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be officially unveiled at next month. The refresh will see an introduction of seven plug-in hybrid variants, improved “next-generation” driver assistance features, latest-generation MBUX infotainment system with advanced voice command, as well as the new engine options.