Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) launches the facelift 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213) Avantgarde E200 and E300 AMG Line, refreshed with a host of new exterior and interior designs.
The enhanced 2021 E-Class is immediately reflected in its exterior, where it sports a new slimmer grille as well as newly designed LED headlights that sport an L-shaped daytime running light (DRL) at the top of the cluster.
At the rear, two horizontal taillights extending to the middle of the tailgate replace the vertical ones seen on the pre-facelift model at the end. There's also a new rear bumper that compliments the new taillights.
The AMG Line on the 2021 E300 features a new bumper in the style of the AMG Performance model and 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels. In addition, its Multibeam LED headlamps also now include an Ultra Range high beam.
The interior of the facelift 2021 E-Class also sports some new gear, starting with a new multifunction steering wheel in genuine leather. The steering wheel's control surfaces wear a high-gloss black finish, while the trim elements and surrounds have a light longitudinal-grain aluminium trim in the E200 Avantgarde and open-pore black ash wood trim on the 2021 E300 AMG Line.
The instrument cluster and the media display are controlled by swiping the Touch Control buttons. The operating principle of the Touch Control buttons changes from optical to capacitive. According to Mercedes, a mechanical system was no longer needed, and the touch surfaces also are less susceptible to fingerprints. Whether the driver has control of the steering wheel is now determined by capacitive touch.
The design of the front seat compliments and accentuates the sporty aura of the interior and comes with strong lateral support without compromising on comfort. The seat contour follows the pronounced side bolsters and, depending on the specification, the centre section has sporty transverse or modern longitudinal seams.
The colours of the centre sections of the seat backrest and cushion are matched to the overall sculpture of the seats. Numerous material combinations ranging from Artico man-made leather in the 2021 E200 Avantgarde Line to genuine leather in the E300 AMG Line is used.
As expected, the new E-Class is equipped with the latest generation of the MBUX multimedia system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) displayed through the Widescreen Cockpit, consisting of two 12.3 inch displays. As a result, the information in the instrument cluster and on the media display is easy to see, especially when the screens are high resolution. Furthermore, a dynamic presentation with brilliant graphics underlines the comprehensibility of the intuitive control structure.
Part of the facelift E-Class includes the latest Mercedes-Benz assistance systems, providing driver support to its drivers. These assistance systems offer high levels of active safety: the E-Class will react if the driver doesn't.
The hands-off recognition now works on a capacitive basis. This enhances user-friendliness when driving in semi-automated mode. To inform the assistance systems that the driver still has control of the E-Class, a slight steering movement was previously required as feedback.
Speaking of the steering wheel, it now features a pad with the appropriate sensors in the rim itself. These register whether the driver is holding the wheel. If the system detects that the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain amount of time, a warning cascade is started, which finally activates Emergency Brake Assist if the driver remains inactive.
As standard, the 2021 E200 and E300 come with Active Brake Assist, which can use autonomous braking to prevent a collision or mitigate its severity in many situations. The system can also brake for stationary vehicles and crossing pedestrians at typical city speeds and even to prevent crashes, depending on the situation. As part of the Driving Assistance Package, this is now also possible when turning off across the oncoming lane.
The 2021 E300 AMG Line has additional assistance in the form of Active Parking Assist with Parktronic and 360° camera. The system facilitates the search for and selection of a parking space and entering and leaving (if the vehicle was parked automatically) parallel and end-on parking spaces or garages. For the first time, an E-Class can recognise and park into spaces by itself. The 360° camera on the E300 transmits an even more realistic image to the media display, including an expanded side view. When leaving a parking space, the system can warn off traffic crossing behind the vehicle and apply the brakes in case of doubt.
The 2021 E300 AMG Line further comes with a Driving Assistance Package, Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Pre-Safe® Plus.
Owners can also opt for Mercedes' Urban Guard, an intelligent interlinking of hardware and digital solutions that satisfies customer demand for security and property protection.
The Urban G Vehicle Protection package provides all-around monitoring. It comprises an anti-theft alarm system plus tow-away protection, which can detect changes in position. Movement in the vehicle interior also triggers visual and audible warnings. In addition, the driver will be notified of theft or parking damage detection through the Mercedes me app.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Avantgarde E200 retails for RM327k while the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E300 AMG Line comes in at RM375k on-the-road without insurance.
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