Set to launch in Sedan and Estate wagon from June, the updated E-Class range brings new styling, more features and sharpened pricing.
Mercedes says it has delivered significant savings for buyers, from a $7000 advantage with the E 200 through to $23,000 for the E 250 CDI Estate.
“There has been a lot of discussion and opinion that the large car segment is less relevant to the Australian new car purchaser. We don’t accept this assertion," Mercedes-Benz Australia boss Horst von Sanden said.
Kicking off with the $79,900 E 200 sedan, Mercedes has added 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.
The E 300 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.
For the 2014 model year, Merc is consolidating its six- and eight-cylinder offerings with the new E 400, powered by a 245kW and 480Nm six-cylinder bi-turbo engine. Merc promises a 5.3 second sprint to 100km/h.
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.
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.
Features include 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 (950) 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 will be available from June, while the E 400 and E 63 AMG 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