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This Week’s Five-Point Inspection takes a look at the soon-to-be-overhauled Mercedes-Benz E-Class, what we love about it and what we’d like to see changed.
About to become redundant, there is a mid-cycle refresh coming for the 2014 model year which will put the current E-Class out to pasture. This doesn’t mean the E-Class is necessarily a bad vehicle, but in the ever evolving world of luxury automobiles, it is either constantly improve your brand or get left behind.
With a base price of $51,905 after transportation charges, the E-Class may be the most versatile vehicle in the automotive kingdom. There are no fewer than four distinct body styles, five engine choices, three fuel options and two drivelines.
Recently news broke that German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz was going to give its E-Class model a refresh for the 2014 model year. Now it appears that the facelift can come as soon as January 2013, and could possibly be a 2013 model year vehicle.
Previously it was rumored that Mercedes would do away with the quad-headlight setup that has become synonymous with the E-Class model, opting to give the new car a dual headlight design. But in addition to those changes, it appears that Mercedes will also be revising the rear side panels, a heavily modified rear end, and an all-new front end to go with the dual headlights. It seems that Mercedes wants to go towards a more elegant design with its E-Class, perhaps trying to separate it from its sportier C-Class brethren.
The facelifted sedan is estimated to go on sale in spring 2013 with the wagon hitting its respective markets in the summer. The AMG and 4Matic variants are expected in the fall, and Mercedes will have three different hybrid versions for the E-Class model.
There is also a long list of technology upgrades coming our way for the revamped E-Class, including Improved Night Assistant, Dynamic Light Assistant, Intelligent Lane Assistant, Intelligent Brake Assistant, Congestion Assistant, Magic Ride Control, Head-up Display, and Car-to-X Communications. We reckon it’ll be rather difficult to get yourself into an accident with all these new assisting technologies.