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by Tim Beissmann

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured the upgraded Mercedes-Benz E-Class undergoing testing in Europe.

While the front of the prototype in these images is heavily camouflaged, we can clearly see some dramatic changes are set to take place.

Perhaps most significant is the design of the new headlights, which are now single fixtures rather than split units. The shift away from the ‘four eyes’ twin headlight assembly ends a tradition that started two vehicle generations ago in 1995 with the ‘W210’ E-Class.

The LED daytime driving lights will be integrated into the headlights instead of positioned in the bumper.

The grille will become more prominent, following the design language embraced by the SL, SLK and SLS AMG, while the bumper and bonnet will also be revised to integrate with the fresh look.

The rear bumper gets a slightly new profile and the tail-lights – while retaining their basic shape – will be freshened with deeper red lenses and clear indicator strips along the lower boarders.

Although it’s not visible here, our sources tell us the ‘Ponton’-style emphasis over the rear wheel arches will disappear, purportedly giving the updated E-Class a sleeker and more modern profile.

Other upgrades not visible in these images include interior revisions and new technologies, including improved Night View Assist, Dynamic Light Assistant, Intelligent Lane Assist, Magic Ride Control and Head-Up Display, to name a few.

Mercedes-Benz Australia’s Jerry Stamoulis confirmed the Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift is due in local showrooms in the second half of 2013.




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