The W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class may still look relatively fresh, but at nearly three years old it’s pretty much due for the usual mid-cycle refresh. It’s just as well, then, that our spy photographers have caught the facelifted version of the S213 Estate variant, and quite a bit looks to have changed on the outside.

Despite the disguise it’s clear that this executive express will have a completely new front end, headlined by the trapezoidal front grille. These are joined by reshaped headlights with arrow-shaped LED daytime running lights, a look that appears to have been inspired by the new A-Class, CLS and GLE. Fewer changes at the rear, but the camouflage around the tail lights suggest mildly restyled internal graphics.

Don’t expect many changes inside apart from the usual new trim. The E-Class has already received a few running updates over the past couple of years, with the latest adding bits from the facelifted C-Class, such as the redesigned steering wheel and a mild update to the infotainment system. You won’t find the A-Class’ Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) here, as that requires a different electrical architecture.

No powertrain changes expected, either, as the E-Class already gets the latest mills, including a 299 hp 2.0 litre mild hybrid turbo petrol in the E 350, a 2.0 litre turbodiesel in the 150 hp E 200 d, 194 hp E 220 d and 245 hp E 300 d, and a 3.0 litre straight-six diesel in the 286 hp E 350 d and 340 hp E 400 d. There’s also the new 320 hp E 300 e and 306 hp E 300 de plug-in hybrids, both with around 50 km of pure electric range.

The AMG E 53 and E 63 models should remain unchanged as well. The former gets a 3.0 litre twin-turbo mild hybrid petrol straight-six making 435 hp and 520 Nm of torque, while the E 63 is powered by a fire-breathing 4.0 litre biturbo V8 making 571 hp and 750 Nm (or a whopping 612 hp and 850 Nm in the E 63 S).