2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: PREVIEW, PRICING, RELEASE DATE

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 29, 2020

Model Preview

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class received a full redesign for the 2017 model year, but it lives in a fast-shifting segment, so another redesign is almost in order. Mercedes just announced some of the details surrounding the global launch of the next-generation E-Class. There is no confirmation that the U.S.-spec 2021 E-Class will mirror this global launch, but we expect it to.

Limited details surround the design of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but there are two keys we can look to. First, even in generational redesigns, Mercedes-Benz is not big on clean-sheet reworks. Instead, its redesigns tend to be more evolutionary. Second, there are teaser images from Mercedes that show only minor updates, including a wider grille and headlights, and a full-length front-bumper lower intake. Around back, the teaser images show wider taillights, a flatter trunk lid, and a revised rear bumper.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes offers no teasers of the interior, but it did reveal some details in its press release. First, like many other newer Mercedes models, the 2021 E-Class will gain two 10.25-inch screens—one for the gauges and one for the infotainment system. It’ll also gain a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls, intuitive gesture control, an air-quality indicator, the MBUX infotainment system with “Hey Mercedes,” and more.

There are very few details on the 2021 E-Class’ powertrain options, but the presser did mention the U.S. market will get its first-ever E-Class plug-in hybrid. It also mentioned the E-Class will boast new inline-format engines, a la BMW. Currently, the only inline engine in the E-Class lineup is the 255-horsepower 2.0-liter in the E350. The remaining engines are V6s and V8s.

The current E-Class is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ thanks to its “Good” crash test scores across the board, “Good” optional headlights, and “Superior” standard automatic emergency braking. Mercedes announced the new-generation E-Class would gain more driver-assistive features, including adaptive cruise with route-based speed adjustment, traffic assist, active steering assist, cross-traffic automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring with exit alert, and more.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official on-sale date for the U.S.-spec E-Class, but it will be available in Europe in the summer of 2020. We expect to see it here a few months later.

Pricing is not available yet, but we expect at least a small increase relative to the current E-Class lineup, which ranges from $55,045 to $112,745 (destination fees included).

This midsize luxury rig will compete with the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Volvo S90.

Learn more about the current E-Class on sale now »

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