- 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets a mid-life facelift
- Streamlined range means a cheaper AMG E 53
- No more diesel E-Class models
- New tech and styling package as standard
- Pricing ranges from $96,900 to $250,400 before on-road costs
Mercedes-Benz has announced the new 2021 E-Class line-up for Australia, offering a fresh design and new standard features for the model's mid-life update.
At this stage, the facelift is only offered on sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles. Wagon buyers will have to wait a little longer for the styling changes.
Pricing for the entry-level E 200 sedan now starts from $96,900 plus on-road costs (an increase of $1365), with the E 300 is now $117,900 plus on-road costs (up $3965).
The range-topping AMG E 63 S performance sedan is now $250,400 plus on-road costs (up $2165), but the AMG E 53 sedan has dropped by $13,535 to $159,900 plus on-road costs.
The price change helps fill the gap in a reduced Mercedes-Benz line-up, thanks to the E 200d, E 350d, E 450, and E 63 (non-S) models all being dropped.
All E-Class variants get the AMG Line visual package as standard, which offers a sportier exterior and 19-inch AMG wheels on the E 200 and E 300e. Those opting for the E 300 get 20-inch AMG wheels.
Inside, and all E-Class models get a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with the latest MBUX system, which can be controlled via voice command, steering wheel-mounted swipe-and-tap, or with a touch-pad mounted between the two front occupants.
The MBUX system can be optioned with Interior Assistant (standard on E 63 S, not available on convertible models), which can change the infotainment display and highlight buttons when a passenger reaches for the screen, and can turn on a map light when a hand reaches for the mirror.
A new steering wheel offers greater control of the comprehensive technology offered on the E-Class, as well as hands-on sensors, which can detect if the steering wheel has not been held for a prolonged period, enacting its safety systems.
Also offered is the option of an augmented reality display (standard on E 63 S), which can overlay navigation and key road information on the camera feed from the front of the vehicle.
Mercedes' Driving Assistance Package is standard across the entire E-Class range, which provides active radar cruise control, stop-and-go assist up to 60km/h, active brake assist with cross-traffic detection, lane change assist, blind spot assist, evasive steering assist, and route-based speed adaptation.
The range starts with the E 200, powered by a 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder producing 145kW/320Nm. A nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels.
The E 200 gets, as standard, active parking assist with 360-degree cameras, smartphone integration, wireless smartphone charging capability, a 64-colour ambient lighting package, and heated electric seats with memory and trimmed in Artico synthetic leather, or genuine leather for the E 200 Coupé.
The E 200 also gets Agility Control suspension, rear tinted windows, keyless entry and start, hands-free boot, and LED headlights with adaptive high-beam assist.
The E 300 uses the same powertrain as the E 200, but gets a power bump to 190kW/370Nm, and gains a genuine leather interior, air suspension, multibeam LED headlights, and metallic paint as standard.
Those opting for the plug-in hybrid E 300e also get the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, but mated to an electric motor offering a total of 235kW/700Nm. Fuel consumption is claimed as 2.2 litres per 100 kilometres (ADR test), and the system can be charged using a Type 2 connector to provide 50 kilometres of electric-only range (ADR test).
The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ offers a 3.0-litre mild-hybrid turbo petrol six-cylinder with a total of 320kW/520Nm, coupled to a nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Upgraded brakes, speed-sensitive steering, and a bimodal performance exhaust are standard.
Above the E 300 specification, the E 53 also gets Nappa leather, AMG sports seats and flat-bottomed steering wheel, AMG pedals, head-up display with virtual windscreen projection, a 13-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system, and a panoramic glass sunroof.
The flagship Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ retains its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 putting out 450kW/850Nm, with a nine-speed multi-clutch automatic, all-wheel drive, and a rear limited-slip differential.
Buyers also benefit from front heated and cooled seats with massage function, heated armrest, heated outer rear seats, three-zone climate control, 'Energizing Comfort Control' feature, cabin air filtration, AMG race track data logger, and power-closing doors.
2021 Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG E-Class Australian pricing
- Mercedes-Benz E 200 Sedan – $96,900 (up $1365)
- Mercedes-Benz E 200 Coupé – $101,900
- Mercedes-Benz E 300 Sedan – $117,900 (up $3965)
- Mercedes-Benz E 300 Coupé – $117,400
- Mercedes-Benz E 300 Cabriolet – $130,900
- Mercedes-Benz E 300e Sedan plug-in hybrid – $121,400 (up $2410)
- Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ Sedan mild-hybrid – $159,900 (down $13,535)
- Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ Coupé mild-hybrid – $162,400
- Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ Cabriolet mild-hybrid – $170,990
- Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ Sedan – $250,400 (up $2165)
Note: All prices exclude on-road costs.