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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Detroit 2012: Mercedes-Benz to present entire updated E-Class lineup

Mercedes-Benz will bring to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show the sedan, wagon, convertible and coupe models of its refreshed E-Class. The popular luxury series now boasts "new, efficient engines, new assistance systems, and a new design idiom."

The E-Class's front has been completely revised starting with the new single headlamps lens that has flowing light elements within "to ensure that the four-eyed look typical of the E-Class has been graphically retained."

In addition, for the first time, the E-Class is also available with two different front-end designs. In the standard version, the basic variant and Elegance equipment line are combined with the classic sedan grille with its three-louver look and star on the hood, while the Avantgarde line incorporates the sports car radiator with central star to give it an independent front-end appearance with sporty emphasis.

The refreshed E-Class hood and front bumper have also been completely redesigned. With its flowing lines, the hood follows the new design idiom in a smooth, very straightforward manner. The bumper, meanwhile, has a modern appearance and, along with the wing design of its spoiler lip, discreetly underscores the sporty credentials of the E-Class.

Even the E-Class's interior has been slightly revised, particularly the new two-part trim that stretches across the entire dashboard and is available in either wood or aluminum trim. Also new is the design of the air vents and the analog clock between the two central air vents.

The refreshed E-Class retains the safety features of the pre-face-lift model, but also gains a new system in the stereo multipurpose camera. Just like the mono multipurpose camera fitted in the previous model, it's positioned behind the windshield in the vicinity of the rear-view mirror. The new camera, however, features two "eyes" set at an angle of 45 degrees and with an overall range of 500m, which "produce a three-dimensional view of the area up to around 50m in front of the vehicle."

A broad range of gasoline and diesel engines are available with the updated E-Class, with the smallest offering being the 2.0-liter, 184hp powerplant for the E200 variant, all the way up to the 4.6-liter, 408hp mill of the E500. Putting the power down to the rear wheels is either a six-speed manual transmission or Mercedes-Benz's 7G-Tronic Plus automatic gearbox.

And then there's the 5.5-liter E63 AMG that's available either as a sedan or a wagon, and is also offered with the optional performance-oriented AMG 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. As if the 557hp and 720Nm E63 AMG isn't powerful enough, Mercedes-Benz also has the more powerful S-Model that puts out 585hp and 800Nm.

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While Mercedes-Benz is already offering the standard E-Class for sale, the rear-wheel-drive E63 AMG won't be available until April 2013, with the all-wheel-drive E63 AMG and the E63 AMG S-Model following in June.

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