A handful of images showing the new face of Mercedes’ E-Class have found their way onto the Internet ahead of its official unveiling.
As was previously reported and hinted at by a recent teaser video, the facelifted E-Class dispenses with the current car’s quad-headlamp array in favour of single-piece units featuring arrow-shaped LED elements. The nose also features a more rounded grille frame, a re-sculpted bonnet and new front apron while the rear sports a neater set of brakelamps.
The facelift also ushers in some new finishes and brightwork in the cabin, as well as what looks like an updated version of the Comand infotainment system with a revised screen similar to the unit in the new B-class.
Details regarding engines and outputs are yet to emerge, but a local Mercedes spokesperson has suggested that SA-bound models will feature a line-up not far removed from that of the current model. Slight revisions will, however, be made to the powerplants to marginally increase power and torque outputs while lowering fuel consumption and emissions.
In addition to the aesthetic update, the facelifted E-Class will also see the introduction of such new technologies as a camera-augmented collision avoidance system with 360-degree monitoring, an intersection assistance system that determines the proximity of approaching vehicles that the driver may not have seen and high-beam assist.
The updated E-Class will arrive in SA during the third quarter of 2013.