At first glance, the changes seem rather minor but there are important improvements.
Mercedes-Benz is launching a new E-Class facelift model for the 2020 model year. The video at the top of this page provides a close look at two prototypes of the refreshed model.
The first is codenamed W213 and is the saloon version of the E-Class. Up front, there’s a slightly redesigned fascia with a new radiator grille and sharper headlights with integrated LED DRLs in a new shape. If the units appear familiar to you, that’s because they are probably inspired by the clusters seen in the new CLS-Class.
At the back, the modifications look even more significant with the engineers trying to hide the actual shape of the headlights. Covered with red tape, they remind us of a Bentley product but the final shape and graphics are likely vastly different.
As for the second prototype filmed here, it is the E-Class S213 estate which appears to be wearing a different radiator grille than the saloon trial car. The headlights have the same overall shape but we think this might be a higher trim level with different internal graphics.
Earlier spy photos showed the interior of the refreshed E-Class should carry over without major tweaks. The dashboard continues to be dominated by a pair of large screens with a large HVAC control block sitting underneath on the centre console. Some improvements to the infotainment system software might be in the cards.
We know for a fact Mercedes is also working on a refreshed version of the E-Class coupe and we expect the Daimler-owned brand to start launching the facelifted variants from later this year. The first to arrive should be the saloon.