Up front, there are new LED headlights, a new bumper, and a new wider grille, which gives it a slightly sporty outlook compared to the sedate front end of the old one.
Typical of Mercedes-Benz, the front end also appears in-line with other Mercedes sedans, such as the latest CLA and CLS.
The rear end is where the update looks much more major. The previous rounded triangular taillight is now being replaced with these new horizontal ones. Rear diffuser starts from the edge of the bumper side and has a higher crease line near the tailpipe.
Inside the E-Class, the biggest change is the new center infotainment control, which makes the center console look more cleaner and minimalist. Three new steering wheel options will be offered: choice of wood-leather, full-leather, or flat-bottomed. Seats are new too, with a wider side bolster for a more comfortable ride.
The car comes with MBUX and the infotainment display now comes in two options. Depending on the decision of distributors in the individual markets, both options feature twin screens – 2x10.25-inch (bonded) and a 2x12.3-inch.
Together with additional stitching for at the upper dashboard area, the rest of the interior layout remains the same.
Under the hood is a new M254 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, replacing the previous M264 engine. Also, there is an addition of integrated starter-generator (ISG) and 48-volt mild hybrid system, which adds another 20 PS of boost.
There is also a new 3.0-litre six-cylinder M256 with ISG – an E-Class first.
Expect the refreshed E-Class to be launched sometime this year in Malaysia.
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