Mercedes E-Class facelift launched at Rs 63.6 lakh
The 2021 E-Class gets a styling update, new features and Mercedes’ second generation MBUX interface system
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213) has been launched in India and as like its predecessor it is available only in the long wheel base body style. For 2021 the new E-Class gets three engine options, one petrol and two diesels. The new E-Class gets three trim levels – Expression, Exclusive and the AMG Line, which gets AMG body kit and AMG wheels. Prices for the 2021 E-Class start at Rs 63.6 lakh for the E 200 petrol and go all the way up to Rs 80.9 lakh for the top-end E 350 d AMG Line.
The 2021 E-Class gets S-Class inspired styling; up front it gets a new three slat chrome grille, LED headlights with DRLs and a new bumper. For the first time the E-Class gets single strip DRLs to give it a new identity. The rear includes a new bumper design and horizontal LED tail lights. The E 350 d AMG-line variant gets a different diamond studded grille, AMG alloys and the AMG body kit that includes sportier bumpers and side skirts. Paint colors available for the 2021 E-Class are Polar White, Obsidian Black, High-Tech Silver and Mojave Silver. Special Selenite Grey and Designo Hyacinth Red colors also available for a limited time.
On the inside the 2021 E-Class gets two huge 12.3-inch touchscreens; one for the digital instrument cluster and one for the MBUX infotainment system. There’s also a new three spoke steering wheel wrapped in Napa leather with capacitive touch controls. The 2021 E-Class comes with the second generation of Mercedes’ MBUX interface system which now relies more on touch, gesture and voice controls rather than physical buttons. It also features augmented reality and sensor activated functions. Special Beige-Tropez blue interior upholstery is standard on the E 350 d AMG line variant. What’s new in the rear is a removable touchscreen tablet in the centre arm rest that controls different features like the blinds and the multimedia system etc.
Tech and features
The new MBUX system incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and Mercedes’ Me connect technology, the second generation MBUX system can be controlled via voice commands, by simply saying ‘Hey Mercedes’ and the desired order. The top-level E 350 d variant comes standard with a 590W 16 speaker Burmester sound system, panoramic sunroof, rear reclining seats, two wireless phone chargers, leather upholstery and soft-close doors and air suspension that promises a comfortable ride with self-leveling technology. The Mercedes Me connect app also makes over-the-air updates possible. Also present are two USB ports for people in the backseat
Engines, variants and pricing
The 2021 E-Class is available with a choice of three engines, two diesels and one petrol just like its forerunner, the two diesels that can be optioned are a 2.0-litre four-cylinder badged as the E 200 d and a 3.0-litre inline-six badged as the E 350 d, they make a 191bhp with 400 Nm of torque and 282bhp and 600 Nm of torque respectively. The only petrol option available is a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 194bhp and 320 Nm of torque. All engines are coupled to a 9-speed automatic torque converter transmission.
The 2021 E-Class can be had in five variants – the E 200 Expression and Exclusive, the E 220 d Expression and Exclusive and finally the E 350 d AMG Line.
Mercedes-Benz has plans of introducing 15 new models in the Indian market in 2021 and the new E-Class is an important one as it has been a hot seller. Particularly since the India-specific long-wheelbase version made an appearance. 46,000 units of the E-Class sedan have been sold in India ever since it’s launch in the country 25 years ago and this new one should allow for a healthy increase of that number. Here is the full price list of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.