New 2020 Mercedes E-Class previewed ahead of Geneva debut

Mercedes has confirmed the facelifted E-Class will receive a completely reworked interior and seven totally new electrified powertrains

Mercedes has revealed the first details and official images of the facelifted E-Class, which is expected to be unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The updated saloon will go on sale in the summer, with first deliveries expected in autumn.

The firm’s revamped BMW 5 Series rival is due for an upgrade, with new driver assistance technology, a range of new hybrid-electric powertrains and a completely redesigned cabin with Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system due alongside a mild exterior revamp. 

Images suggest that this E-Class facelift will be similar in structure to the company’s C-Class revamp from last year. Cosmetic revisions will be minor, being limited to new headlamps, fresh tail lights, an updated radiator grille and mildly modified versions of the current cars front and rear bumpers.

• 2020 Mercedes E-Class ride review

Updates to in E-Class’s cabin will be far more eye-catching. Mercedes has confirmed that the revised Audi A6 fighter rival will receive a new multi-function steering wheel with touch-pad controls, a new air quality indicator and the brand’s latest dual-screen 10.25-inch MBUX infotainment system with voice control.

The engine range is unlikely to alter too drastically, but more electrified options are inevitable in response to the more stringent WLTP emissions regulations. Mercedes’ says seven new electrified models will be available, and the company’s plug-in hybrid E 300 e and E 300 de options will persist across the update.

The upper-end of the E-Class engine range will be made up of two AMG-tuned powertrains, with buyers offered either a straight-six-powered AMG 43 or a V8-propelled AMG 63 – and both could arrive with more power. Don’t be surprised to see an AMG 53 mild hybrid variant appear too, while the brand also promises that new in-line engines have been developed. 

The 2020 E-Class will also get a substantial safety equipment upgrade, with buyers receiving active steering assist, an active blind-spot monitoring system, active braking assist, a 360-degree parking camera and an adaptive cruise control system which can automatically decrease the car’s speed in response to slow-moving traffic. 

Creature comforts will improve too. “Hey Mercedes” voice control will arrive in the E-Class, as will the brand’s various Energizing comfort and ambience packages. New anti-theft tech will arrive by way of Urban Guard, enabling the vehicle to take all-round surveillance of itself, warn the owner of damage or attempted theft and show its location via a the Mercedes Me smartphone app. 

Updated versions of the E-Class Estate, Coupe and Cabriolet will be unveiled alongside the saloon. Deliveries of the hottest AMG 63 variant are expected in winter.

Now read our review of the outgoing Mercedes E-Class. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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