Since this marks the first time we’ve seen the cabin of the 2020 E-Class, we’ll start with that. The first thing we noticed was the new steering wheel, this being not just a new design for the E-Class, but rather a never-before-seen design on any current Mercedes model.
What’s different about it?
Almost everything, basically. The bottom V-spoke design flows directly towards the inner edges of the side spokes, which appear significantly sharper (and angled inwards) than ever before – it’s the same steering wheel we’ve been seeing on next-gen S-Class prototypes.
As for the center hub, it’s a lot smaller than before, where it will basically just fit the badge and not much else. We imagine that this new-look steering wheel also comes with one significant practical advantage over older models, specifically that it allows for more empty space in the upper half, which should aid visibility towards the digital gauge cluster.
Other changes include the new touchpad, as well as, we assume, the latest version of the automaker’s MBUX system.
New CLS-inspired restyle
The updated W213 E-Class is getting new front and rear end designs, where the former will help it look somewhat similar to the latest CLS, especially with such a similar DRL signature. Out back, we expect the production lights to be positioned more horizontally, crossing over into the trunk lid area as they do on the CLS and on the all-new CLA.
We assume these prototypes are wearing their old trunk lids, which is why the new rear end look isn’t particularly obvious as of right now.
Overall, it doesn’t look like the car’s aesthetics will be upset by the different taillights, which is a good thing as the current model works very well as is.
Aside from new software and maybe a few tweaks to its driver assistance systems, the 2020 E-Class facelift will probably not change much on the technical front. We also don’t expect any major powertrain upgrades, seen as how the current model already features new straight-six petrol and diesel units.
Mercedes should unveil the facelifted W213 E-Class later this year as a 2020 model.