by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Facelift (A 207) snagged in Stuttgart

Mercedes-Benz will soon take the veil off its newly updated E-Class family. We already know that at least the saloon and wagon flagship versions of the range shall make their official debut in January 2013 at the NAIAS Detroit. The first pictures and details over the new models are expected to come next Thursday, on the 13th December. In what the Coupe and Cabriolet variants are concerned, they should also be released pretty soon. In the latest shots, the spy photographers have scooped a lightly camouflaged prototype of the facelifted A 207 E-Class in AMG Sport trim while undergoing a road test in Stuttgart, Germany.

Both models under the 207 E-Class series for the 2013 model year will sport an entirely refreshed attitude. The new design philosophy eyes dramatic changes for the front fascia. The front apron will be completely revised as the new Star grille will become less sharper than in the past and the air intakes in the bumper will display a softer styling (inspired by the new A-Class). Actually, the biggest modification involves the eyes of the new E-Class 207 generation: no more quad headlights, but brand new single-piece lamps with intricate inner graphics and optionally available with the Intelligent Light System based on LED technology.

The rest of the car will suffer some evolutionary changes, but nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary. For the Cabriolet and also Coupe, the Ponton crease located on the rear wings have been preserved, as they can be better in the integrated in the unitary design and deliver a bold, impressive look for the two sports models. The back end receives slightly revamped tail lights, in the sense that the LEDs will form new graphics similar to those premiered this year on the new-generation GLK 2012. Moreover, the exhaust pipes on the high-end variants will become oval instead of trapezoidal like today.

The A 207 E-Class will stick to classic stuff when it comes to the architecture of the roof. For the sake of elegance, the Cabriolet will continue to feature a cloth top, orderable in three distinct colour tones to perfectly combine with the chosen exterior paint finish. As expected, the folding roof will boast complex engineering to ensure perfect thermal insulation and noise-proofness. Further breakthroughs, such as the innovative AIRCAP or the AIRSCARF neck-heating system will also be available so that running "topless" is a pleasurable experience throughout the whole year, even during winter time.

The dashboard will likely remain the same as that of the current model, but the instrument panel on the center console, the air vents and the steering wheel will be subject to an upgrade. Most of the controls will be borrowed from the CLS-Class (C 218), so expect more roundness and less roughness. Technology-wise, the 2013 E-Class Cabriolet Facelift will be updated with all the neccesary safety and communication systems and devices. Among other clever solutions, ATTENTION ASSIST, PRE-SAFE, DISTRONIC Plus, Comand Online with internet access and social profile integration are also on the equipment list.

The engine lineup will suffer some modifications. According to latest rumors, the current E 350 BlueEFFICIENCY will be replaced by the new E 400 BlueEFFICIENCY equipped with a 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 unit rated at 340 hp. The new E 500 BlueEFFICIENCY will receive a power increase from 408 hp to 435 hp. No AMG variant for the 2013MY E-Class Cabriolet is being considered at the moment.

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