Mercedes E-Class spied

17 Sep, 2012 1:08pm Richard Ingram

The facelifted Mercedes E-Class has been spied ahead of its arrival in the UK early next year

Our spies have caught the facelifted Mercedes E-Class testing, and these pictures give us our best idea yet of how the BMW 5 Series rival will shape up.

Seen here in both saloon and estate forms, Mercedes is giving the E-Class a major exterior makeover.

Although these pictures show a heavily disguised prototype, we know that changes will include new cleaner, single-section headlights, while the bulge over the rear wheelarch will be removed in favour of a horizontal crease.

There will be a modified grille and front bumper, as well as a set of revised tail-lights and a lightly sculpted bumper.

Engines will be carried over from the current line-up, meaning a wide range of efficient petrol and diesels, as well as the new ultra-efficient E300 BlueTEC Hybrid.

The new car will be identical in size to the existing E-Class, and will stay at the top of its class in terms of bootspace and interior practicality.

Expect the entry-level E200 BlueEFFICIENCY SE saloon  to start at around £30,000, when it arrives early next year. The Estate version will follow shortly afterwards.