2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: Spring 2013
Expected Pricing: Starting around $52,000
Refreshed versions of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans and wagons go on sale in spring 2013 as 2014 models. The new models were revealed to the press in December.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class get redesigned headlamps and hood, new front and rear bumpers, and a redone interior. They will be packed to the gills with electronic driver's aids and other safety features. A new four-cylinder diesel finds its way into the lineup, and all-wheel drive will now be available on all trims.
As it has done with the C-Class, Mercedes will offer the new E-Class with a choice of two different front ends. The Luxury models get a classic sedan grille and traditional upright hood ornament. The Sport models integrate the Mercedes-Benz star into the front grille. E-Class Sport models have larger air intakes and an aluminum trim line along the lower rim of the front bumper.
In the rear, the E-Class gets wide new LED tail and a revised bumper. Dual exhaust pipes come on Sport models.
The 2014 E-Class cabin features a refreshed interior, with a new instrument cluster, head unit and air vent design. A bevy of electronic safety features come standard, including lane departure assist, a radar-based collision warning system and adaptive brake assist. A stereo camera gives a 3-D view of the vehicle and can detect oncoming and crossing traffic, as well as pedestrians.
A new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 model replaces the V6-powered E350 BlueTEC diesel with a smaller, more efficient four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 190 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The 2014 E350 sedan and wagon will continue to use the current 302-hp V6, while the turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 will come in the 2014 E550, good for a mighty 402 hp.
The E400 Hybrid model puts out the same amount of horsepower as the E350, with an expected fuel economy rating of 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway.
All 2014 E-Class will use a new-generation 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and manual shift mode.
Mercedes-Benz also plans a line-topping E63 AMG model.
Gasoline-powered E-Class models will be available in Spring 2013, while the E250 diesel model and E63 AMG are expected to arrive in Fall 2013. Pricing has not been announced, but we expect the 2014 E-Class to come in slightly higher than the outgoing model, starting around $52,000 for the base model and upwards of $95,000 for the AMG.