Australian specs and pricing have been announced for the updated 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class range including the AMG performance models.
Externally, all models get the AMG Line exterior styling pack, AMG alloy wheels, new headlights, a revised radiator grille and a tweaked front bumper design.
Sedan models also get new-generation tail-lights, an updated rear bumper and a new boot lid.
On the inside, the headline act is the inclusion of the latest MBUX infotainment system displayed on two 12.3-inch digital touchscreens.
There’s also a new steering wheel that features the brand’s new hands-on detection function which operates via sensor mats integrated into the rim.
Every E-Class model also comes with the Driving Assistance Package Plus as standard which brings Active Distance Assist, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic detection, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Evasive Steering Assist and Route-Based Speed Adaptation.
The entry-level E200 will be available in sedan and coupe body styles priced from $96,900 plus on-road costs. Power comes from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 145kW and 320Nm. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels.
Equipment highlights include Active Parking Assist, a 360-degree camera, wireless smartphone charging, ambient interior lighting with 64 colours, heated and electrically adjustable front seats with three memory settings, Artico or leather (coupe) upholstery, suspension with passive selective damping, privacy glass and adaptive high-beam assist.
Stepping up to the E300 adds leather upholstery, air suspension, multibeam LED headlights with 84 individually controlled LEDs, and metallic paint.
The E300 also uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, however, outputs are lifted to 190kW and 370Nm, it’s matched to a nine-speed automatic and rear wheel drive.
Mercedes will offer the E300 in sedan, coupe and cabriolet body styles.
The E300e plug-in hybrid is exclusively available as a sedan with the equipment list mirroring that of the E300.
Power comes from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (155kW/350Nm) supplemented by an electric motor (90kW/440Nm) to produce 235kW and 700Nm.
The AMG E53 4Matic+ opens the performance range, it’s equipped with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 320kW and 520Nm. It’s augmented by the brand’s EQ Boost starter-alternator that briefly provides an additional 16kW and 250Nm for short bursts and feeds the 48V mild-hybrid electrical system.
A nine-speed automatic sends power to the fully variable AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system.
Mercedes-AMG claims the car can sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 270km/h.
Available as a sedan, coupe or cabriolet, the E53 adds Nappa leather upholstery, front sports seats, a sports steering wheel, a head-up display with virtual windscreen projection, AMG sports pedals, a 13-speaker Burmester surround sound system and a panoramic sunroof.
Also included is a sports braking system with larger discs, speed-sensitive sports steering, a selectable AMG Performance exhaust system, a bootlid spoiler lip and 20-inch black alloy wheels.
The range-topping AMG E63 S uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 450kW and 850Nm, it’s matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to AMG’s 4Matic+ permanent all-wheel drive system.
According to AMG, the E63 S can hit 100km/h from a standstill in a claimed 3.4 seconds, making it a whisker slower than the rival BMW M5 Competition.
Additional equipment includes heated and cooled front seats, heated outer rear seats, heated front armrest, tri-zone climate control, Energizing Comfort Control, an air filtering package, an AMG Track Pace data logger, an MBUX Interior Assistant with a gesture control function, the MBUX Augmented Reality navigation system and power-closing doors.
Performance enhancements include an AMG rear-axle limited-slip differential, an active dynamic engine mount and bi-colour AMG 20-inch alloy wheels.
The updated E-Class range is available to order now.
2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class pricing (excluding on-road costs):
E200 Sedan - $96,900
E200 Coupe - $101,900
E300 Sedan - $117,900
E300 Coupe - $117,400
E300 Cabriolet - $130,900
E300e Sedan - $121,400
AMG E53 4Matic+ Sedan - $159,900
AMG E53 4Matic+ Coupe - $162,400
AMG E53 4Matic+ Cabriolet - $170,900
AMG E63 S 4Matic+ Sedan - $250,400
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