- Mercedes will unveil a more efficient and safety-conscious 2014 E-Class sedan and wagon at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
- A choice of two different front fascias are available on the new E-Class.
- The 2014 E-Class arrives at dealers in spring 2013.
MONTVALE, New Jersey — Mercedes will unveil a more efficient and safety-conscious 2014 E-Class sedan and wagon at the upcoming 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January.
A raft of new "driver assistance" safety equipment will be available and Mercedes has added a four-cylinder turbodiesel to the model lineup to improve the E-Class range's efficiency.
New and optimized safety systems from the forthcoming S-Class will also debut in the new E-Class. Innovations include stereoscopic cameras that will constantly monitor for possible collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians alike. Collision Prevention Assist utilizes radar-based sensors and Adaptive Brake Assist to optimize panic braking, preventing frontal collisions while simultaneously giving more time for following vehicles to come to a stop.
Additional features will include Distronic Plus for maintaining safe following distances, Optimized Active Lane Keeping Assist and Brake Assist System (BAS) Plus with Cross Traffic Assist that maximizes braking power when impending collisions are detected. Meanwhile, PreSafe Plus will trigger occupant protection measures when rear-end impacts are imminent and apply the brakes if the car is stationary to avoid secondary collisions. Finally, an updated version of Attention Assist will warn drivers when they may be in need of a break.
Five powertrain options will be offered for the 2014 E-Class — three gasoline engines, one diesel and one hybrid. New in the E-Class sedan is an efficient four-cylinder turbodiesel engine powering the E250 Bluetec with 4matic all-wheel drive, available in fall 2013. The E250 Bluetec is rated at 190 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and replaces the V6-powered E350 Bluetec engine that only was available with rear-wheel drive.
The 3.5-liter V6 E350 remains the same with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft, as does the E550 Sport sedan with its turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 rated at 402 hp and 443 lb-ft.
The E400 Hybrid uses the same 3.5-liter V6 (302 hp, 273 lb-ft) as the E350 V6, supplemented by an electric motor that produces an additional 27 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It also offers improved fuel economy. Estimates stand at 24/30 mpg city/highway. An Eco stop-start function has been added as standard to all 2014 E-Class models to boost efficiency, but official EPA numbers have not yet been released.
The E63 AMG sedan and wagon, launching in fall 2013, comes with the AMG Speedshift seven-speed MCT and 4Matic in the United States. Mercedes noted that more technical details will be announced at the Detroit auto show.
Visually, consumers will immediately notice the E-Class now comes with two different front-end designs. The Luxury version comes with the classic sedan grille with three-louver look and star on the hood, while the Sport version features the sports grille with integrated star, linking to Mercedes' high-performance models.
The hood and front bumper have also been completely redesigned. The bumper has new, contemporary styling with an airfoil shape along its lower edge. Sport models get the AMG styling package that features larger air intakes and a distinct aluminum trim line along the entire lower rim of the front bumper. Sport models also feature exposed dual exhaust pipes in the rear.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Mercedes E-Class offers more compelling choices for consumers, in both styling and performance.