The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E 63 AMG range has been freshened-up, and is now on sale in Australia.
Revealed at January's Detroit Auto Show, the updated range has hit local showrooms this month in sedan and Estate wagon form, while the revised Coupe models will appear later.
As revealed in April, the 2013 E-Class models bring significant styling and feature upgrades, along with price cuts as hefty as $23,000 against the outgoing line-up's numbers.
The refreshed range also sees the retirement of the V6 E 350 and V8 E 500 petrol models, with both models replaced locally by the V6-powered E 400, available from September.
All models in the 2013 E-Class range are offered with MB's 7G-Tronic seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, except for the E 63 AMG S which is equipped with AMG's SpeedShift MCT seven-speed auto.
The 2013 range opens with the E 200 petrol and E 220 CDI diesel models.
Driving the E 200 is a 135kW/300Nm turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol, which lists fuel consumption at 6.4 l/100km.
Switching to the diesel camp will get you into the E 220 CDI, with a 125kW/400Nm 2.2 litre turbodiesel under the bonnet and with fuel consumption at a low 4.9 l/100km.
In the middle of the range, you'll find the E 250 and E 250 CDI models, driven by up-rated versions of the engines in the entry models.
The E 250 petrol offers 155kW and 350Nm, with fuel consumption listed at 6.4 l/100km. The diesel-powered E 250 CDI offers 150kW and a healthy 500Nm, with fuel use again listed at 4.9 l/100km.
The line-up's hybrid model, the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, combines a 2.1 litre four cylinder diesel engine with an electric motor to deliver a system output of 170kW and 750Nm. Fuel consumption is rated at 4.3 l/100km.
Replacing the E 350 and E 500 is the V6-powered E 400, its 3.0 litre petrol engine offering a meaty 245kW and 480Nm. Fuel consumption is listed at 7.6 l/100km, and Mercedes promises a 5.3 second run to 100km/h.
Topping the range is the E 63 AMG S, powered by the same 5.5 litre twin-turbo V8 engine as before, but with more power and more features.
Replacing the regular E 63 AMG model (and the Performance Package), the E 63 AMG S offers 430kW and 800Nm of torque, and lists a 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds.
Kicking off with the $79,900 E 200 sedan, feature updates for 2013 include Active Park Assist, auto dimming & folding mirrors, AVANTGARDE styling pack, Blind Spot & Collision Prevention Assist, partial LED head lamps and the Sports Package with 18-inch alloy wheels.
Maintaining the same Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) as the current model, Mercedes says the 2014 E 200 offers $7000 in additional value to buyers.
The E 200 is now also powered by a new Euro 6 four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 135kW and 300Nm - marking a 30Nm boost in torque.
Next in line is the E 220 CDI diesel, priced at $82,400 and adding the same technology upgrades and styling offered with the E 200 petrol.
Combined with a $2400 price drop, Mercedes says the updated E 220 CDI offers a $10,000 saving for buyers.
Moving up to the $97,400 E 250 petrol, Mercedes has added Active Park Assist, ARTICO dashboard trim, auto dimming & folding mirrors, Driver Assistance Package PLUS, full LED headlamps, Keyless-GO package, memory front seats and the Sports Package with 19-inch alloy wheels.
The E 250's four-cylinder engine also gains tgains 5kW and 40Nm to produce 155kW/350Nm.
Mercedes says that these changes add up to a $15,000 saving to buyers.
The E 250 CDI diesel has been brough below $100,000, and adds the same features offered with the petrol E 250. Mercedes says that this equates to a $18,000 saving.
Battling it out in the large prestige hybrid segment is Merc's E 300 BlueTec Hybrid, priced at $109,000 and offering the same feature set as the E 250 models.
Priced at $129,900, the E 400 gets a 360° camera, Surround View, ARTICO dashboard trim, DAB+ digital radio, Driver Assistance Package PLUS, full LED headlamps, Keyless-GO Package with Hands-Free Access, Harman Kardon surround sound, a sunroof, and the Sports Package with 19-inch Alloy Wheels.
The E 63 AMG S gets the 360° camera, AMG Illuminated door sills, AMG Locking differential, Active Park Assist, DAB+, Driver Assistance Package PLUS and full LED headlamps.
The E 63 AMG Estate won't feature in the 2014 line-up however, with Merc relying instead on the E 400 Estate to satisfy demand among wagon fans.
Estate models offer the same features as their respective sedan counterparts, along with a list of wagon-specific features:
- Adaptive damping and self-levelling rear suspension
- Electric rear tailgate with individually programmable opening angle, roof rails
- Rear window wiper with automatic activation during reverse travel
- EASY-PACK rear seat folding facility (1/3:2/3 split) including release lever on backrest and in cargo area on D-pillar
- Fold-down bench seat with 3-point seat belts in load compartment
- EASY-PACK load compartment cover and cargo retaining net
- Sunblinds for the rear doors
The E 250 CDI & E 400 Estate models are equipped with the AMG Sport Package & 18-inch AMG alloy wheels (instead of the sedans' 19-inch wheels).
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
The E 200, 220, 250 and 300 models are available now, while the E 400 and E 63 AMG S models will arrive in August.
Mercedes-Benz has also confirmed that the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models will arrive in September, with details to be confirmed closer to launch.
- E 200 - $79,900
- E 220 CDI - $82,400
- E 250 - $97,400
- E 250 CDI - $99,900
- E 300 BlueTec Hybrid - $109,900
- E 400 - $129,900
- E 63 AMG S (430kW) - $249,900
- E 200 - $86,900
- E 250 CDI - $107,700
- E 400 - $137,700