E-CLASS COUPE AND CABRIO REFRESHED
New nose and plenty of safety kit to keep it clean among the range-wide updates
The real focus of this mid-life update is in the tech though and, by gum, there's a lot of it. Maybe Mercedes has suddenly got worried that its cars are now too refined too because much of it seems geared to preventing you from nodding off and/or mitigating the circumstances should you manage to sleep through the bleeps and bongs that erupt from the 'Attention Assist' first introduced with this generation of E-Class.
Anyone worried about feeling a bit redundant at the wheel had best look away now because the amount of kit the new E-Class features to protect you from yourself is staggering. This includes a 'Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera' that performs "an evaluation of three-dimensional visual information in order to detect vehicles that are driving ahead, oncoming or crossing, as well as pedestrians and a variety of traffic signs and road markings within a large field of vision." Back in the day this was known as 'looking where you're going' but now it seems there's an app for that.
So, lots of different ways to help the new E-Class stop. Making it go are two petrol (E200 and E250) and three diesel (220 CDI, 250 CDI and 350 Bluetec) options, only the latter of which has more than four cylinders. The petrol engine's fightback against diesel dominance continues, the two non-diesel options getting Mercedes' BlueDirect 'stratified lean burn' direct injection tech. There remains the nominal choice of a six-speed manual; most will tick the box for the 7G-Tronic Plus auto and be glad they did.