by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: Fresh pics of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Limousine and T-Modell Facelift (W 212 & S 212)

The future looks bright for the E-Class. The executive model from Mercedes-Benz is currently subject to intense development work ahead of the launch of the all new 2013 generation. Long before the future W/S 213 series arrives on the market, the refreshed W/S 212 E-Class announces a design revolution for the Stuttgart-based constructor. Already widely recognized is the fact the new E-Class Facelift will mark the return to the single-unit headlights and the discontinuation of distinctive four-eyed front fascia.

If one might feel nostalgic for the oval lights, we say there is no need to worry. Most certainly, the finished result will be remarkable and will definitely offer a daring, dynamic presence for the premium model. The new headlamps will incorporate a high dose of clever technology, like the LED Intelligent Light System and the infrared projector for the Night View Assist Plus technology.

Another characteristical part of the new face is the prominent radiator grille, with its clearly traced details. The criticized Ponton crease will be slightly toned down and somehow integrated in the design of the side profile and thus become less visible. The tail lights will also receive a new shape and revised inner graphics based on LED technology, that should offer a spectacular show when lit up at night.

Even though it will remain mainly rectangular, the dashboard will get new controls and equipment straight from the CLS-Class. Remarkable is the new center console, defined by the new HVAC and COMAND Online control panels as well as the beautiful clock surrounded by the rounder air vents covered in aluminium, which give the E-Class a new, more self-assured look. The quality of the materials used for personalizing the interior will also be upgraded to a new level thanks to the introduction of foam-based high-rank plastics and refined upholstery and trim choices.

The engines for the new E-Class Facelift will basically be the same as for the current model. Upgrades are planned for the range-topping variants. The upcoming E 350 BE with V6 engine grows from 306 hp to 333 hp, the new E 500 BE with V8 power now offers 435 hp, while the output of the E 63 AMG could also be increased by 12 hp up to 537 hp (564 hp for the model equipped with Performance Package).

Shortly after the world premiere slated for NAIAS Detroit 2013, the new E-Class Facelift lineup will be available for sale at authorized dealers across Europe, USA and Asia beginning with March next year. In Germany, the price for an entry-level model should not exceed 40,000 euros.

Image Credits: WorldCarFans / GermanCarForum / Autoevolution / Motor Authority

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