The image, captured in Madrid, confirms the mid-life update for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range will introduce radically reshaped headlights similar to those of the C-Class, moving away from the 'four eyes' twin headlamp assembly that has been a staple of the E-Class since 1995.
The updated model does not completely abandon the design element, however, integrating four L-shaped LED daytime running light fixtures into the headlights to retain the signature look.
Adding to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class’s new look is a prominent grille inspired by the Mercedes SL and SLK roadsters and a reshaped front bumper with larger, more aggressive, black air intakes.
The profile of the new E-Class is significantly sleeker than the outgoing model, with the chubby Ponton-style rear wheel arches making way for a tighter, more conventional design.
The rear end also gets a fresh new look thanks to a reworked bumper and diffuser and new tail-light lenses.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class will make its international debut at the 2013 Detroit motor show in January. The updated E-Class family, including the high-performance E63 AMG variants, is scheduled to go on sale in Australia in the second half of 2013.
Read more about the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.
Images by V. Gutiérrez and Autofácil for CarPix