New Mercedes E-Class

14 Jan, 2013 1:30pm Tom Phillips

The revised Mercedes E-Class line-up has been officially unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show

Mercedes has given its E-Class a sharp new look. The facelifted saloon and estate have made their world debut at the Detroit Motor Show, alongside the revised E63 AMG, E-Class Coupe and E-Class Cabriolet, before going on sale in April.

Before we managed to get up close to the new E-Class on the Detroit Motor Show floor, Auto Express was given early access to the cars and had a chat with Mercedes’ head of exterior design, Robert Lesnik. “We wanted a more daring design for the E-Class,” Lesnik told us. The biggest change is the switch from quad to dual headlights, with two L-shaped daytime running lights in each lamp. Full LED headlamps are optional for the first time, too.

These flank a larger, more upright grille, and for the first time on the E-Class, the three-pointed star badge is in the centre. Models fitted with the optional AMG package also get a much larger grille than before.

Gone are the pronounced, Bentley-style pontoons around the rear wheelarches. These are now reserved for the E-Class Coupe and Convertible, which will also debut at Detroit, alongside a firebreathing 550bhp E63 AMG.

Inside are new seats, improved trim materials and revised air vents. Plus, the gear selector on auto models moves from between the seats to a column shifter on the right-hand side of the steering wheel, as on the S-Class.