Well, if you were in any way curious regarding whether or not Mercedes would completely switch things up with regards to the W213’s front end design (as they did with the W212), here is your answer: They most certainly did, and then some.
One of the reasons why the updated W213 needs to feel fresh is because it faces extremely strong competition in the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6, both of which have already crossed over into a new-generation cycle. Come to think of it, the W212 was in the exact same situation, so perhaps the nameplate’s direct rivalry with the 5er and the A6 is indeed the driving force behind these heavily restyled successors.
A touch of CLS with a pinch of GLE
While it’s obvious that Mercedes couldn’t apply their Sensual Purity design language to the E-Class without completely redesigning it, the German automaker apparently did the next best thing, giving the updated W213 a new front end that at least looks as though it belongs on a 2019 Benz.
Starting with the grille, it certainly looks similar to that of the latest CLS, while the headlights appear to have retained a somewhat bulky design, kind of like those of the all-new GLE’s. The light signature however resembles that of the CLS’, but since the headlights aren’t as angular, the upside down-style light strip isn’t as aggressive looking as the four-door coupe’s.
As for the front bumper design, the camouflage prevents us from seeing exactly what’s going on there. Yet, we can still make out the slightly beefy edges, meant to give the car a more muscular stance.
At the rear, this E-Class Estate prototype is wearing it’s old/current taillights, which will undoubtedly be ditched when the time is right in favor of newly designed ones – whether it will be their overall look or just the graphics.
The name of the game is ‘Keep Up’
When it comes to on-board tech as well as performance/efficiency, you can rest assured that Mercedes will not allow the E-Class to drop back in relation to its newer German rivals. This means fitting the E with a latest-gen infotainment system, latest software, active safety tech, new materials/trims and an upgraded engine range.
Mercedes should unveil their facelifted E-Class range next year as a 2020 model.