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“But the new turbo-diesel is a fuel-sipping smoothie, with 195 horses and 369 lb-ft of torque. At a steady highway pace through the swelling hills of Catalonia, we managed 44 mpg, a remarkable gain over today’s E350 Bluetec. Another economic upside: Mercedes confirmed that the rear-wheel-drive E250 Bluetec will become the most affordable E-class of all, undercutting the current E350 Bluetec’s $53,105 base price.”
“Sedan, wagon, coupe or cabriolet, the E-class’s reworked body impressed everyone from journalists to janitors at Detroit’s auto show in January. With additions where it counts – a sinuous, air-slurping front end – and the tasteful subtraction of the clumsy pontoon rear fender, Mercedes’ oft-criticized sedan styling language is suddenly speaking sexy.”
“The enriched cabin gets a restyled dashboard and gauges, a handsome analog clock, aluminum-look switches, and striking wood or metal trim. There’s a heightened sense of fit-and-finish; corners and joints are executed with a precision nearly befitting an S-class.”
“With the carryover V-6 a known quantity, we honed in on the intriguing high-low matchup between the bi-turbo six and the underdog diesel. Mercedes figures a 7.9-second squirt from 0 to 62 mph for the E250 diesel, but the car had no trouble passing dawdlers and its four cylinders were impressively muted.”
Read the full review at Automobile online.
“The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a midcycle refresh, and the face-lift is most obvious in the front, where more gracefully contoured headlights perch above larger air intakes, softening the more severe, conservative look of the outgoing E-Class’ nose.”
“Get your V8-powered non-AMG E-Class while you can. The stonking, 402-horsepower twin-turbo V8-powered E550 will still be available in 2014, but it won’t last long. In 2015 the E550 will be dropped. In its place will be the E400, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that generates 329 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque.”
“Although it gives up 31 lb-ft of midrange torque to the erstwhile E350 Bluetec, the four-cylinder turbodiesel makes for a surprisingly good facsimile of the bigger engine. Torque builds seamlessly even from very low revs and there’s no shortage of thrust. Its indifferent soundtrack doesn’t stir the soul, though many people may not be able to peg it as a diesel simply by the way it sounds. There’s zero clatter and no smoke. Modern diesels have become remarkably refined, and this one’s no exception.”
“We also took a turn in the upcoming 2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 and found that the biturbo-6 moves it with authority. It transitions into boost imperceptibly, never feeling flat-footed, and strides to the redline with enthusiasm.”
Read the full review at Edmunds.com.
I do love that Red Wagon! More details in the Future Vehicles Section at MBUSA.com.
“The sculptured front end gives it an even more distinctive look than its predecessor and helps to separate it visually from the standard E-class.”
“In range-topping S-model specification, which replaces the performance package option, AMG’s forced induction unit kicks out 577 hp and 590 lb-ft — 25 hp and 89 lb-ft more than the BMW M5′s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 and 21 hp and 40 lb-ft more than the CTS-V’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8.”
“The result is more dependable feel on challenging back roads, something that allows the driver to delve further into the E63 AMG S-model 4Matic’s considerable performance with greater confidence than ever before.”
“It is the consummate all-season supercar for the family man.”
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is ready to order! Our first 2014 E-Classes are scheduled to be built in March with an expected late spring release date. Now is the time to get your order in if you want to be the first one on the block with a refreshed E-Class! A lot of the options and colors carried over from the 2013 but there are two new colors coming – Hyacinth Red Metallic (code 996) and Covelline Blue Metallic (code 585).
These are the swatches from the ordering guide:
I have not seen either color in person yet so I cannot interpret them for you. I think the Hyacinth Red might be the same color featured on the 2014 CLA-Class pictures shown on the future models page.
So, if you have had Black, White and Silver…maybe it is time to branch out!
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4MATIC is everywhere this week! Official pictures have been released, details are being confirmed and it will debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week!
The 2014 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet have been added to the Future Models section at MBUSA.com. There is a great gallery of images along with lots of new details! The 2013 models will stop production this spring and the new models should arrive this “summer.”
What a fun test! I’ve never had anyone directly comparing these two models but anything that draws attention to our great wagon is fantastic! You can create your own comparisons at the MBUSA site.
“Many kids grow up with minivans and sedans, but the lucky ones spend time riding in the third-row jump seat of an E-Class wagon. The seats, which are located in the cargo area and face backward, provide a cocoon-like environment where the rear hatch window gives a unique outside view.”
“On the other hand, the GL’s more conventional third row seems spacious and welcoming enough for passengers as tall as Big Bird.”
“And while the GL450 provides a higher seating position, visibility is slightly better in the E350 wagon, making it much easier to maneuver around texting tweens in a mall parking lot or to stay within SoCal’s narrow freeway lanes.”
“Not only is the GL surprisingly fast, but it sounds quite good, too — drive with the windows and sunroof open and the combination of the deep exhaust growl and faint turbo whine provides a strangely entertaining sense that you’re driving a refined city bus.”
Read the full article at Motor Trend Online to find out who wins!
I went on a holiday roadtrip in my new 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350! It was cold, snowy, windy and rainy but the car did a great job! I felt safe and warm the whole time. My fuel economy is a little bit down from past trips but I think that was due to the rough weather and a very full trunk of presents!
In other fuel economy news, a 2012 E350 bluetec purchased here about a year ago is getting 40 mpg! Thanks for sharing Hunter!
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be a major refresh for the model. It is being called a redesign because of the number of changes being made to the styling and technology. We expect it to arrive mid-2013!