BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The middle-order E-Class has served Mercedes-Benz as its core arsenal against Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF and the Volvo S90. The fifth generation was packaged quite well when launched four years ago, but it somehow lacked in the design department. Many considered its styling too bland.
Not exactly a serious niggle, but a latent desire to see the executive car more youthful and sporty by its fan following. Mercedes seems to have read between the lines and with the facelift, attempted to make the car more desirable and up to date with features befitting the segment.
As a result of the effort, the incoming car looks more like the S-Class, albeit a bit smaller. Both front and rear ends have been revisited and for the first time a large Mercedes logo sits in the grille and not on top of the bonnet as before.
Headlight design has also changed with single strip and signature DRL which will now be common across all variants.
The rear taillamp arrangement has been revised to ensure closer harmony with the other body variants in the model series. This aspect has also necessitated redesign of the boot lid. Overall, the car now looks stretched and sleeker. The model starts with the Avantgarde trim.
The bonnet on the AMG line receives power bulges and grille design is Panamerica. Five new wheel designs are being offered with largest rim size being 20in.
The cabin is highlighted with a digital instrument cluster even in the base mode with two options to choose from (10.25in or 12.3in). the layout of the dashboard remains somewhat identical to the pre-facelift model, but the 2021 E now gets two new steering wheel design with haptive capacitive controls. Likewise, two multifunctional steering wheel designs are offered with haptic controls. The MBUX infotainment system also gets updates and voice input capabilities. Blind spot detection is now camera -based.
Active and safety kit that as standard like automatic emergency braking and options like active blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control and more features like GPS tracking.
Mercedes-Benz will now offer a variety of engines for Indian – from 150-363bhp petrol engines and 118-243bhp diesel motors. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol and diesel motors come paired with a 48V electric motor as motor assist feature.
The range-topping AMG E53 gets 435bhp and 520Nm from its 3.0-litre twin-turbo motor with 22hp and 250Nm coming from the 48V starter-alternator electric motor.
Mercedes-Benz will launch the production models globally towards the end of this year and India can expect the model in 2021.