Due to the COVID-19 breakout, the 2020 Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean we’ll miss out on this year’s biggest launches. One of which is the 2021 Mercedes E-Class.
Unveiled online, Mercedes’ popular E-Class lineup has been compressively updated and upgraded for the new model year.
A new design
Right off the bat, the new styling cues are evident. Redesigned headlights flank the wider grille while encased in a new front bumper. Not exactly revolutionary, but the rear differences are more prolific.
Horizontal compact triangular shaped lights borrowed from the CLS class sit in a different bumper.
An additional three new paint finishes have been added to the specs list along with an expanded wheel range.
Inside, the 2021 E-Class gets the latest generation MBUX infotainment system and revised digital instrument panel graphics.
Two 10.25-inch screens are standard across the E-Class lineup with the option to upgrade to 12.3-inch displays. Both can be used via the new touchpad in the centre console, voice control or hand gestures.
Energizing seat kinetics is a new feature for the E-Class and changes the posture of the seat by movements for increased comfort when driving. This is achieved with musical, lighting and massaging features working together.
A new ‘PowerNap’ program comes with all PHEV vehicles, with three phases – falling asleep, sleep and waking. This comes in handy when drivers are commuting long distances or when charging the battery en route.
The new 2021 Mercedes E-Class lineup
On top of the refresh is a range of new variants added to the lineup as well as new engine variants with integrated starter generator (ISG) and 48-volt technology.
Seven of said variants will be plug-in hybrid models including a diesel-electric hybrid.
A newly developed 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (M254) will make its debut with 268 horsepower plus an additional 20 hp thanks to the 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
A turbocharged inline-six-cylinder borrowed from the CLS lineup will also be available with 363 horses plus an extra 20 with an identical system as the smaller unit.
When will it arrive in the UAE
Having just been unveiled in Germany, the 2021 E-Class will arrive in the UAE later this year.