- 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class mid-life facelift
- Streamlined model range has dropped diesel
- New tech and styling package standard
- Pricing ranges from $96,900 to $250,400 before on-road costs
UPDATE, 8 February 2021: The mild-hybrid 2021 Mercedes-Benz E350 has returned to the E-Class range – and diesel has been deleted in Australia – amid price rises for much of the line-up.
It's the second price change for four E-Class models since Mercedes-Benz announced the 2021 range in October 2020, with the E200 sedan up by a combined $3165, the E300e up $4510, and the E63S up $5665 in just five months.
The E300 sedan, which had a price hike of $3965 previously, missed out on a price change on this occasion, while the Mercedes-AMG E53 sedan – which dropped in price by $13,535 in October – has gone up by $2400 this month.
In total, seven models from the E-Class range are more expensive than before, from $1800 at the entry-point to the line-up to $3500 for the flagship E63S.
A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Australia told CarAdvice several factors including the Consumer Price Index and exchange rate instability were taken into account when determining pricing.
The story has been updated with details of the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz E350.
1 October 2020: 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 re-introduced E 350 begins at $127,100 plus on-road costs for the sedan.
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 E 350 is powered by the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine putting out 220kW/400Nm, but with the benefit of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system offering an additional 10kW and 150Nm for short periods. Parking Package, air suspension, standard leather, and 20-inch alloy wheels.
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 350 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-Benz E 350 Sedan mild-hybrid – $127,100
- Mercedes-Benz E 350 Coupé mild-hybrid – $128,200
- Mercedes-Benz E 350 Cabriolet – $141,300
- 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.