2020 Mercedes E-Class Overview

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a mid-cycle update for its E-Class sedan and wagon range. Changes include design tweaks inside and out, new driver-assistance features, and more efficient engines.

Design changes include LED headlights and tail lights, a new grille shape that widens at the bottom, and different front and rear bumpers, and boot lid.

There are also new wheel shapes, and three new extra paint options called 'high-tech silver', 'graphite grey metallic' and 'mojave silver'.
Mercedes-Benz also claims the All-Terrain will look "visually more similar to the SUV models" but has not released images.

The cabin features 'open-pore silver ash wood', 'burr walnut fondant', brushed aluminium' and 'aluminium with a carbon grain' trims. There's also an 'adaptive driver's seat' which moves into a position that corresponds to your height, which you've entered into the display or Mercedes Me app.

There's also a new-look steering wheel; the latest MBUX infotainment system shown on two 10.25-inch screens (two 12.3-inch screens are optional); augmented reality satellite navigation that overlays real-time forward camera footage with directional arrows; and 'Energizing' programs that teach you better posture, play light music/change lighting/blast air to wake you up, or help you nap when charging (in the PHEV model).

Updated active safety features include a new function in the AEB that can halt the car if you're unsafely turning off across the oncoming lane; "capacitive" lane-assist that uses sensor pads to check if you've got your hands on the wheel rather than requiring wheel movements at regular intervals; and a system that can match your speed with map and traffic-sign camera data.

There's also an expanded blind-spot assist system that warns you if a car or bicycle is approaching you before you exit when parked; active cruise control that can pre-emptively slow the car if software warns of a blockage ahead, and also stop-and-go on its own in heavy traffic even if the car has been still for 60 seconds; and an expanded automatic parking function with 360-degree camera.

From the middle of 2020, the Mercedes Me app will be available in some regions with Urban Guard packages that go beyond a regular alarm. Vehicle sensors register when the parked and locked vehicle is bumped or towed, or when someone attempts to break into the vehicle. If the service is active, the driver is informed via the app. It can also pinpoint the location of a stolen vehicle, a la Apple's Find My iPhone program.

Engine details are scarce, but in response to European regulations Mercedes-Benz will offer plug-in hybrid (PHEV) systems with both petrol and diesel engines, as it is doing with the GLE SUV.

Beyond this, the entry M254 four-cylinder petrol engine gets a second-generation 48V electrical system including an energy recovery function and a mechanism to decouple the engine when gliding downhill.

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