Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift

Making its ASEAN debut is the W212 Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift, photos of which started surfacing late last year. Three sedan variants launch in Thailand, these being the E 200 Executive, E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid Executive and E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid AMG Dynamic (pictured above), priced at 3.49, 3.99 and 4.49 million baht respectively (RM368k, RM421k and RM474k).

The E 200 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre BlueDIRECT engine that pumps out 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque between 1,200 and 4,000 rpm, while the E 300 hybrid sees a 204 hp/500 Nm 2.1 litre four-cylinder diesel unit join forces with an electric motor that provides a 27 hp/250 Nm boost. Transmission is handled exclusively by a 7G-TRONIC PLUS.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift

The angular quad headlamps of the previous car have been merged into two one-piece LED units, with LED ‘eyebrow’ DRLs creating the illusion that the headlamps are still separated (E 200 gets partial LED headlamps).

In a first for the E-Class, two front grille variations are available – a sportier one with the three-pointed star housed within the double-bar grille, and a more traditional one with the hood ornament. In Thailand, only the range-topping AMG Dynamic (kitted out with the AMG sports package) gets the former.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift

Standard wheels, following ascending order in the E-Class range, are 17-inch five-spoke, 17-inch multi-spoke (both 17s clad in 245/45 tyres, the latter with run-flats) and 18-inch AMG five twin-spoke (with a choice of 255/40 or 265/35 rubber).

Inside, cowled instrument gauges, a trapezoidal high-gloss framed display in the head unit with flat-frame look and an analogue clock between the central air vents serve to elevate the E-Class’ level of luxury. The AMG Dynamic gets an automatic panoramic sliding sunroof, keyless go and tri-zone climate control (the rest get dual-zone systems).

Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift

The centre console has been re-designed and is now bereft of a gear lever, and a new multifunction steering wheel (flat-bottomed three-spoke on AMG Dynamic, four-spoke for the other two) is flanked by shift paddles and a DIRECT SELECT lever. The E 200’s interior is trimmed in brown eucalyptus, the E 300 Executive’s in brown burr walnut and the E 300 AMG Dynamic’s in black ash wood.

Standard-across-the-range equipment include PRE-SAFE, Hill Start Assist, Attention Assist, adaptive brake light, start-stop system and cruise control. Click here and here for some videos of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift, which also comes in coupe, cabriolet and estate forms.