Prices for the facelifted Mercedes E-Class will start from £32,400 when it arrives in the UK in April. That price is for the E-Class saloon SE, while the Estate model starts at £34,310.
Mercedes says that the E-Class facelift is the “most significant model revision” it has ever undertaken. For a start, the UK line-up has been slimmed down from the current SE, Avantgarde and Sport models to just SE and AMG Sport.
The new E-Class SE model costs £2,280 more than the car it replaces, but Mercedes claims it comes with £4,000 worth of extra equipment. SE models range from £32,400 to £35,110 for saloon models, and £34,310 to £36,915 for the E-Class Estate.
The new E-Class SE gets 17-inch alloys, part-LED headlights, DAB radio, Collision Prevention Assist and a sport grille with a large Mercedes three-pointed star – all of which are upgrades or new equipment over the previous SE model.
The E-Class AMG Sport model costs £575 more than the previous E-Class Sport, but Mercedes claims it features an extra £3,000 of additional kit, including uprated sports seats and Mercedes’ COMAND Online internet infotainment system. Prices for the AMG Sport saloon range from £34,895 to £37,620, while the Estate costs from £36,805 to £39,410.
The engine line up features four diesel engines – the E220 CDI, E250 CDI, E300 BlueTEC HYBRID and E350 BlueTEC, and two petrol engines – E200 and E250.
The E220 CDI is the only E-Class model available with a manual gearbox, the E350 BlueTEC is only available in AMG Sport trim and the new E200 petrol model is only available as a saloon.
The full E63 AMG models are separate, with the 549bhp 5.5-litre V8 powered AMG saloon starting at £73,720, and the Estate priced from £75,510.
The new ‘standard’ AMG model effectively replaces the previous E-Class AMG with the optional Performance Package. A 577bhp AMG S-Model arrives in the summer, priced at a little under £10,000 more than the regular AMG car.
All AMG models are rear-wheel drive. However, UK buyers will be able to buy E63 AMG cars with 4MATIC four-wheel drive, albeit in left-hand-drive only.