Mercedes-Benz Australia has released pricing and specifications for the facelifted 2021 E-Class line-up, headlined by a new design inside and out, as well as the company’s latest MBUX infotainment system.
The new range will have five basic trim levels – E200, E300, E300 e, AMG E53 and AMG E63 S – with sedan, coupe and cabriolet body styles available depending on variant.
Prices are up for all models except for the E53, which gets a significant price drop for 2021.
Diesel power is no longer available, at least from launch, and the outgoing model’s six-cylinder variants are also absent, as is the E-Class All-Terrain crossover wagon.
- E200 Sedan: $96,900
- E200 Coupe: $101,900
- E300 Sedan: $117,900
- E300 Coupe: $117,400
- E300 Cabriolet: $130,900
- E300 e Sedan: $121,400
- AMG E53 4Matic+ Sedan: $159,900
- AMG E53 4Matic+ Coupe: $162,400
- AMG E53 4Matic+ Cabriolet: $170,900
- AMG E63 S 4Matic+ Sedan: $250,400
All prices exclude on-road costs
E200 variants feature a 2.0-litre turbo petrol developing 140kW and 320Nm, driving the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic.
Opting for the E300 boosts the 2.0-litre engine’s outputs to 190kW and 370Nm.
The plug-in hybrid E300 e pairs a 155kW/350Nm version of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol with a 90kW/440Nm e-motor, making for system outputs of 235kW and 700Nm.
Stepping up to the AMG E53 brings a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six with 48V mild-hybrid assistance, pumping out 320kW and 520Nm. The 48V ‘EQ Boost’ system contributes an additional 16kW and 250Nm for short bursts.
The AMG E53 gets 4Matic+ variable all-wheel drive as standard, as well as an AMG Speedshift nine-speed auto.
Finally, the range-topping AMG E63 S is only available as an all-wheel drive sedan, powered by a 450kW/850Nm 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8.
The AMG E63 S gets its own multi-clutch AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic and variable 4Matic+ all-wheel drive.
Mercedes-Benz Australia hasn’t detailed fuel economy figures for the updated E-Class, but we can use the overseas press materials as a guide.
The E200 Sedan in Europe claims to use 6.6-7.1L/100km depending on specification on the combined cycle. It’s worth noting, however, the European model gets EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology and such a system isn’t noted in the release for the Australian version.
Meanwhile, the European E300 Sedan also quotes 6.6-7.1L/100km, and also offers an EQ Boost MHEV system overseas.
The plug-in hybrid E300 e Sedan is the only model with a fuel claim in the Australian press materials, using just 2.2L/100km. Impressive for a big, powerful sedan.
Fuel consumption data for the AMG E53 and E63 S models is unavailable at the time of writing.
The new E-Class Sedan measures 4935mm long, 1852mm wide and 1460mm tall, with a 2939mm wheelbase.
E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models are 4835mm long, 1860mm wide and 1430mm tall (1428mm Cabriolet), with a 1605mm wheelbase.
Being a facelift rather than a generational overhaul, the updated E-Class range is expected to carryover the outgoing model’s five-star safety rating, achieved in 2016.
The rating applies to all sedan versions of the E-Class, based on scores of 95 per cent for adult occupant protection, 90 per cent for child occupants, 77 per cent for pedestrian detection and 62 per cent for safety assist.
All models received the Driving Assistance Package Plus as standard for 2021, including adaptive cruise control with stop&go, autonomous emergency braking with cross-traffic assist, lane change assist, active blind spot assist, evasive steering assist and route-based speed adaptation.
Dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags (curtains) and a driver knee airbag are standard on the pre-facelift E-Class.
- AMG Line exterior styling
- 19-inch 10-spoke AMG alloy wheels
- Parktronic Active Park Assist
- 360-degree cameras
- Mercedes me Connect app integration
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Wireless smartphone charging
- 64-colour ambient lighting
- Electrically-adjustable front seats with heating and three-position memory
- Artico leatherette upholstery (Sedan)
- Leather upholstery (Coupe)
- Rear privacy glass
- Agility Control suspension with passive selective damping
- Keyless entry/start
- Handsfree boot access
- LED headlights with Adaptive High-Beam Assist
- 20-inch AMG multispoke alloy wheels
- Leather upholstery
- Air Body Control air suspension
- Multibeam LED headlights
- Metallic paint
E300 e adds:
- Type 2 charging cable
- 19-inch 10-spoke AMG alloy wheels
AMG E53 4Matic+ adds:
- Nappa leather upholstery
- Front sports seats
- Sports steering wheel with flat bottom
- Head-up display with virtual windscreen projection
- AMG sports pedals
- 13-speaker Burmester surround sound system
- Panoramic glass sunroof
- Sports brake system with perforated front discs
- Speed-sensitive sports steering
- AMG Performance exhaust
- Bootlid spoiler lip
- 20-inch, five twin-spoke alloy wheels
AMG E63 S 4Matic+ adds:
- Heated/cooled front seats
- Active Multicontour Seat Package
- Heated outer rear seats
- Heated front armrest
- Tri-zone climate control
- ‘Energizing Comfort Control’ and Air-Balance air filtering package
- AMG-specific steering wheel buttons
- AMG Track Pack data logger
- MBUX Interior Assistant with gesture control
- MBUX Augmented Reality system
- AMG rear limited-slip differential
- Active dynamic engine mount
- 20-inch, five twin-spoke bi-colour alloy wheels
Mercedes-Benz offers upfront service plans covering up to five years.
The outgoing E-Class range (non-AMG models) asks for $2450 over three years, and $4800 over five.
AMG E53 models cost $2500 and $5100 over three and five years respectively.
Finally, the AMG E63 S costs $4300 to service over three years and $7050 over five – note all service prices are for the pre-facelift E-Class range.
E-Class and AMG E53 variants require servicing every 12 months or 25,000 kilometres, while the AMG E63 S reduces the mileage interval to 20,000 kilometres.