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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.
The current generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class has done extremely well for itself, arguably finding a perfect compromise between sporty and luxury. But it appears that the German automaker has found ways to improve upon it and a new, heavily refreshed E-Class is expected to make a debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Autobild out in Germany is reporting that Mercedes is planning a mid-cycle update for its E-Class and that nearly all of its sheet metal will be new except for the roof, windows, and front doors. It appears that the next-generation E-Class will adopt styling from the A-Class, and the traditional dual headlights of the E-Class will give way to a single unit – something that hasn’t been seen for at least three generations of E-Classes.
In addition, Mercedes will give the new E-Class tons of new technology features including a front camera-based system to help detect road changes and adjust the car’s suspension accordingly. The same front camera should be making its way to the 2013 S-Class.
It’s probably too early to tell what powerplants will make their way to the new E-Class, but we have to admit – we’re a little surprised that Mercedes is opting to change so much on a vehicle that looks so good.