Even though the Mercedes E-Class received a facelift for the 2021 model year, work is already underway on a brand new model that will compete with the next-generation BMW 5 Series. We caught Mercedes testing a pre-facelift E-Class in June, and now Autocar has learned more about the redesigned luxury sedan.
The next E-Class will borrow styling cues from the new S-Class, including its chrome grille and redesigned headlights, while the rear will combine features from the S-Class and C-Class. The new E-Class will also have a longer wheelbase and wider track, but overall the styling changes will be evolutionary.
A rear-wheel steering system with up to ten degrees of steering at the rear and air suspension will be offered for the first time on an E-Class. On the other hand, the AMG E63 will see bigger changes under the hood.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is expected to replace the current model’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 to comply with emissions regulations. This more efficient model is reportedly capable of generating up to 600 horsepower with electrical assistance. This is about the same as the current V8-powered E63, so we expect it to be higher.
Non-AMG variants will reportedly use the facelift’s turbocharged 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter inline-six engines with a slight power boost, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. All plug-in hybrid versions will have a range of over 62 miles thanks to their 28.6 kWh batteries.
It is to be expected that the new E-Class will be a technological tour de force, outfitted with lidar sensors for level three autonomous driving. Cabin technology from the flagship S-Class will also carry over, including a portrait-style display and an optional 3D instrument cluster.
It is anticipated that the new E-Class will go on sale in the first half of 2023, followed by the new E-Class All-Terrain in 2024. The coupe and convertible, on the other hand, will reportedly be replaced with the new CLE.