Mercedes-Benz has launched the 2013 E-Class facelift in India today. The company has preponed the launch, which was earlier expected in October. The E-Class is one of the best selling cars for Mercedes-Benz in India and hence the German automaker has quickened the launch. The updated E-Class gets cosmetic updates both inside-out. The company has also made mechanical tweaks to the vehicle which now comes loaded with more features. Mercedes-Benz has sold more than 23,000 units of the E-Class in India.
The 2013 Mercedes E-Class comes with features like Active Park Assist, Intelligent Light, ECO Start/Stop, Attention Assist, Command with Navigation, Reversing Camera, 8 airbags (Pelvis airbag introduced in India for the first time), Brake Assist with ESP, Pre-Safe, Active Bonnet, 3 ambient lighting options, Panoramic roof, etc. On the exterior front, the new E-Class gets new one piece headlight with integrated daytime running LEDs, new tail lights with LEDs, slight changes to the sheet metal, new alloy wheels, new front grille, etc. On the inside, Mercedes has made minor changes to the dashboard along with giving new colours to the interiors.
The 2013 Mercedes E-Class facelift is offered with E250 CDI and E200 engine options. The E250 CDI produces 204 HP of power at 4200 RPM and 500 Nm of torque between 1600-1800 RPM, with a claimed range of 1380 kms and a 0-100 km/hr time of 7.5 seconds. The E200 CGI develops 184 HP of power at 5500 RPM and 300 Nm of torque between 1200-1400 RPM, with a claimed range of 1100 kms and a 0-100 km/hr time of 7.9 seconds. The E-Class has a 80-litre fuel tank and both cars are mated to a 7G-Tronic automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz is offering three variants of the 2013 E-Class in India – E200 CGI priced at Rs. 41.50 lakhs, E250 CDI Avantgarde priced at Rs. 44.48 lakhs and E250 CDI limited edition priced at Rs. 49.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Only 100 units of the limited edition model are available. The Mercedes E-Class competes with the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF, all of which are locally assembled via the CKD route.