2010 Mercedes-Benz E-ClassEnlarge Photo
Mercedes-Benz used last month’s Detroit Auto Show to unveil its 2013 E Class, which pretty much remains unchanged for the latest model year though offers a new E400 Hybrid model in the U.S. and an E300 Bluetec Hybrid elsewhere.
That won’t be the case when the 2014 model arrives early next year, as the latest reports coming out of Germany indicate that a major facelifted is planned for the car’s mid-cycle update.
The sharp and edgy look of the current model will reportedly be dropped in favor of softer lines and a more elegant appearance. Only the roof, windows, and doors will stay the same.
One major difference between the new model and the current one will be the adoption of a single headlamp unit instead of the dual-unit design, something that’s featured on the E Class for the past three generations now.
There will also be more technology installed, including new camera monitoring systems in the front bumper designed to read the road ahead for undulations and adjust the suspension accordingly. A similar system will debut on the new 2013 S Class.
Also in the works is a new E Class ‘Superlight’ model, though this is expected to share more in common with the next-generation E Class due out later this decade. The Superlight would be sold alongside more conventional E Class models as a rival for rival for the upcoming Audi e-tron and BMW i ranges.