Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate Facelift has been spied again, this time testing at the Nürburgring.
The biggest change is the all-new front end, that gets new single headlamp units, a new bonnet, revised grille and a new bumper. At the rear you can see new tail lights and a revised bumper, though further development should bring a new rear-end look as well.
It’s what’s going on under the skin that will constitute the major part of the mid-cycle update, however: Mercedes’ new 4.6-liter V8 is expected for the E 500, rated at about 435 hp. The E 350 will continue with its 3.5-liter V6, but with a 30-plus hp increase to about 333 hp.
The E 63 AMG’s 5.5-liter V8 is expected to remain unchanged, as should the powerplant in the recently introduced E 400 Hybrid.
Inside, new and improved technology is expected, as well as a more premium look and feel. An upgraded night vision system will be able to sense animals crossing the road; an intelligent lane-assist system will warn of encroaching cars; improved dynamic dampers will use stereo cameras to map the road condition; and a multi-directional LED lighting system will help increase brightness without blinding oncoming drivers.
Facelifted E-Class range is expected to hit the market in early 2013.
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