Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Mercedes’ largest-selling model to get a facelift next year

SUVs might be the shining stars of this decade, but some sedans are still valued by the consumers. For instance, the two most important sedans from the German automaker are the S-Class and E-Class, which, for those unaware, are simply unbeatable in their respective segments, and therefore, remain to be the default choice for many buyers.

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This also represents the fact that the E-Class was the first car from the Mercedes-Benz India portfolio to be upgraded to meet the stringent BS-VI emission standards. Therefore, it remains to be the Stuttgart-based manufacturer’s one of the most product here in India.

To keep the popularity in the same state, Mercedes-Benz has announced it will be launching an updated version of the E-Class by next year. So, what new does the updated E-Class brings to the table? Let’s take a look at the model overview right below.


Four years in the line and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has now been given a mid-cycle update. It is still a largely unchanged version of the fifth-generation model, therefore, there aren’t any sheet metal changes. The new E-Class gets a few noticeable design tweaks. Upfront, the twin-slat grille is replaced by a more striking diamond grille with a single slat running across the width of the car. The headlight and the front bumper have been reprofiled too. The changes to the 2021 E-Class make the front-end looks squarer and bolder than before. And it looks way sportier than before. Around the back, the taillights are now smaller and wider, and the rear-end looks a wee bit sharper as well.

As for its dimensions, expect it to be in the same ballpark as the model it is set to replace. For reference, the ongoing E-Class measures in a length of 5,063mm, 1,860mm in width and stands 1,494mm tall. It has a wheelbase that stretches to 3,079mm while it sits on 17-inch alloy wheels. Moreover, it has a boot space capacity of a massive 540-litres and a fuel tank capacity of 80-litres.

Under the hood, the E-Class is available with four powertrains. The entry-level engine here is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol mill, good for 194bhp and 320Nm of torque. As for the oil burners, there’s an entry-level 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which makes 192bhp and 400Nm, and a torquier 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which churns out 255bhp and 620Nm of torque. A 9-speed automatic is a standard fitment across the range.

Mercedes-Benz has the enthusiasts covered too, with the range-topping 4.0-litre V8 petrol unit by AMG, which produces 612bhp and 850Nm of torque. It, too, comes mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. All the engines are compliant with the BS-Vi emission standards. There is no official confirmation for which of these engines will make it with the facelift.


Starting with the most fuel-efficient derivatives of the ongoing E-Class, the 2.0-litre diesel delivers somewhere around 18km/l while the 3.0-litre diesel is good for 13km/l. As for the gasoline engines, the 2.0-litre unit is rated at 12.6km/l, while the AMG unit should deliver somewhere around the 8km/l mark.


The new E-Class is also expected to get a feature boost, as is a norm with every other facelift. As per the international-spec model, the new E-Class gets two 10.25-inch screens for the instrument cluster and the MBUX infotainment system. It remains to be seen on what features will be available to the India-spec model.


The E-Class, as of early-2020, comes in five shades, namely, Obsidian Black Metallic, Iridium Silver Metallic, Selenite Grey Metallic, Polar White, and Cavansite Blue Metallic.


All the details regarding the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.

Variants and Prices

As of early-2020, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available in six variants, in either the petrol-automatic configuration or the diesel-automatic configuration. The prices start at Rs. 59.08 lakhs for the E 220 Expression variant going all the way to Rs. 1.50crores for the E 63 S 4MATIC + variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX. Also, grab the latest info on the new cars, only at autoX.