The updated Mercedes-Benz E-Class models get a new grille, redesigned LED tail lights, four extra paint colour options – including high-tech silver, graphite grey metallic, mojave silver and patagonia red – and ‘aero’ wheels.
Inside, a new open-pore grey ash wood and aluminium with light carbon-fibre grain trim option accompanies an all-new 'intelligent' steering wheel.
The new steering wheel is fitted with sensors that detect when a driver’s hands are no longer in contact.
When a driver’s hands have not been on the steering wheel for a certain period, a series of warnings will be displayed, with the system eventually activating the vehicle’s emergency brake assist if the driver does not respond.
All refreshed E-Class models get the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX infotainment system, with two 10.25-inch screens next to each other showing the digital instrument cluster and media display. Larger 12.3-inches can are optional.
The facelifted E-Class models also get Mercedes-Benz’s ‘energising coach’, a system that fights driver fatigue by changing settings in the air conditioning, sound system, and seat heating, cooling and massage functions.
The refreshed E-Class range will consist of diesel E220d and E400d models and petrol E200, E300 and E450, however not all variants may come to Australia.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel four-cylinder found in the E220d produces 143kW and 400Nm, while the 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel six-cylinder in the E400d makes 250kW and 700Nm.
E200 and E300 models get a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 145kW and 320Nm in the E200, with the E300’s unit getting a boost to 190kW and 370Nm.
Moving to the flagship E450 gets a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder that produces 270kW and 500Nm.
All petrol variants of the refreshed E-Class get Mercedes-Benz’s 48-volt mild-hybrid EQ Boost system that provides a short burst of added engine power, adding 10kW/150Nm to the E200 and E300 models, and 17kW/250Nm to the E450.
Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive layout can be optioned on E220d, E400d, E200 and E450 trims, with all variants offered in coupe and convertible layouts.
All Mercedes-Benz E-Class variants use a nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
When will the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class come to Australia?
Mercedes-Benz Australia has scheduled the 2021 E-Class's local launch for October this year.
Australian details including pricing, model line-up and local specification of the refreshed lineup will be announced later in the year.