Mercedes-Benz have announced the full details of the new W212 E-Class facelift, along with over 70 high resolution images to accompany the release. Both the sedan and estate models have been unveiled at once, with the coupe and cabrio following a different release cycle.
We’ve already seen a small set of 5 photos of this facelift earlier. This facelift is a really comprehensive, and it brings the E-Class design up to date with the current Mercedes-Benz design language found on cars like the current A-Class, B-Class and M-Class.
The twin headlamp design have been ‘merged’ to a new single lens design that reminds us of the old W220 S-Class. The headlamps are fitted with partial LED lights as standard, while full LED technology is available for the first time in this class as an option. Flowing light elements within the headlamps that also function as daytime running lights help to ensure that the “four-eyed” look which is typical of the E-Class has been graphically retained.
One thing new is the option of a front grille with a huge Mercedes-Benz star on it, which comes with a deletion of the hood ornament – an option previously unavailable on the E-Class and only used on smaller models like the C-Class.
On the interior, a new feature is the two-part trim which stretches across the entire dashboard. It can be selected in a wood or aluminium look, irrespective of the equipment line. Also new are ‘tubes’ that enclose the triple-gauge instrument cluster for a sportier look, the trapezoid-shaped, high-gloss framed display in the head unit with flat-frame look, the design of the air vents as well as a classy analogue clock between the two central air vents that reminds me of a dress watch.
There’s also a redesigned centre console without a selector lever, as well as a new multifunction steering wheel with DIRECT SELECT lever and shift paddles in conjunction with automatic transmission.
In terms of technical updates, the E200 CGI and E250 CGI gets revised engines. The previous 1.8 litre (1,796cc) CGI engine has been replaced by a 2.0 litre (1,991cc) BlueDIRECT engine that uses fast-acting piezo injectors for multiple injection, quick multi-spark ignition, turbocharging, fully variable camshaft adjustment on the inlet and exhaust side, as well as a controlled oil pump.
The new 2.0 litre motor includes the first dynamic balancer with full anti-friction bearings to be used in a petrol engine, as well as a selectable water pump. According to Mercedes-Benz, the new four cylinder engines can do 5.8 litres per 100km, which is the most efficient in its class, achieving class A efficiency in Europe. The engines also meet EU6 emissions standards.
In terms of output, the E200 CGI now does 184 horsepower at 5,500rpm and 300Nm of torque between 1,200rpm to 4,000rpm, compared to the outgoing E200 CGI’s 184 horsepower and 270Nm. The E250 CGI now does 211 horsepower at 5,500rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1,200rpm to 4,00rpm, compared to the outgoing E250 CGI’s 204 horsepower and 310Nm. 0 to 100km/h acceleration times are equal for the E200 CGI but for the E250 CGI, it improved from 7.7 seconds to 7.4 seconds.
Our automatic-only market will get the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission with DIRECT SELECT lever and DIRECT SELECT shift paddles. A new feature is the short-term M mode: if the driver has shifted up or down manually, after a set period of time the transmission independently switches back to automatic mode which saves fuel.
Different suspension configurations can be ordered. There’s a comfort biased setup uses the base DIRECT CONTROL suspension with selective damping system. You can also have a sporty DIRECT CONTROL suspension with selective damping system lowered by 15mm. Finally, there’s the AIRMATIC air suspension with electronically controlled damping. The Estate model gets air suspension with self leveling as default on the rear axle.
All E-Class will be fitted with an electromechanical Direct-Steer system as standard. This combines the speed-dependent power assistance of speed-sensitive steering with a variable ratio across the steering angle range. The rack and pinion steering gear is controlled on-demand.
Of course, there’s the technology. As standard, both Saloon and Estate models are fitted with COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive brake assist systems. It helps to significantly reduce the risk of a rear-end collision. Also forming part of the standard equipment is ATTENTION ASSIST, which is now able to warn of inattentiveness and drowsiness across a wider speed range, and also inform the driver about his level of fatigue and the amount of driving time which has elapsed since the last break. It also offers an adjustable sensitivity level.
DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist can help to keep the vehicle centered in its lane and track traffic in tailbacks automatically. For the first time, the Brake Assist system BAS PLUS with Junction Assist is able to detect crossing traffic and pedestrians too, and boost the braking power applied by the driver accordingly.
The PRE-SAFE® Brake can detect pedestrians and initiate autonomous braking to avoid a collision at speeds up to 30 mph. PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision, prompting the PRE-SAFE® system to trigger occupant protection measures to reduce the forces to which occupants are subjected. It can also firmly apply the stationary vehicle’s brakes in the event of a rear-end collision to prevent secondary accidents. With PRE-SAFE® Impulse, the front occupants are pulled away from the direction of impact by their seat belts at an early phase of the crash before the resulting occupant deceleration sets in. This can substantially reduce the risk and severity of injuries in a frontal collision.
Active Lane Keeping Assist can detect oncoming traffic and when the adjacent lane is not clear, and prevent the vehicle from leaving its lane unintentionally by applying the brakes on one side. Adaptive Highbeam Assist PLUS allows the main-beam headlamps to be kept on permanently without dazzling traffic by masking out other vehicles in the beams’ cone of light.
Active Parking Assist enables automated parking with active steering and brake control in both parallel and end-on spaces Active Blind Spot Assist warns the driver before a lane-change if it detects another vehicle in the blind spot area. If the driver fails to react to the warning, Active Blind Spot Assist triggers corrective braking intervention. In addition to speed limits, Traffic Sign Assist is now able to provide warnings of overtaking and entry restrictions, and can also detect the respective signs indicating the end of restrictions
Finally, a 360-degree camera projects an overview of the vehicle and its surroundings as a virtual bird’s-eye view on the display. Guide lines help with entering and exiting from parking spaces as well as manoeuvring.
We’re don’t expect any delays from Mercedes-Benz Malaysia with the introduction of this new model so we’re expecting the new E-Class to be launched in Malaysia next year. Look after the jump for a huge gallery of the W212 facelift.
GALLERY: W212 Facelift Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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