Mercedes-Benz may not be ready to officially unveil the refreshed E-Class sedan, but we have new spy shots that reveal the car's revised sheetmetal without any camouflage. The prototype shown here is likely the E63 AMG sedan, which may no longer sport the three-pointed star ornament at the end of its hood.
Speaking of the C-Class, that car’s headlights may have served as inspiration for the revised E-Class. In AMG form, the 2014 E-Class has dark headlight trim and, by the looks of this prototype, more interesting LED daytime running lights than we’ve seen before from Mercedes. A freshened grille and redone lower front fascia complete the changes up front.
Retouched taillights keep things fresh from behind, an important update when your sensible midsize luxury sedan can rocket from 0-60 mph in well under 4 seconds. When we drove a 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, we found that "even with the performance package, the [car] is capable of flying under the radar until you put your foot in it and the V-8 starts to scream." We expect the car's current sub-4.0-second 0-60 mph time to decrease along with a minor bump from the current car’s 16/24 mpg city/highway EPA rating, though rumors of the AMG model adopting all-wheel drive suggest fuel economy ratings may not head upward.
The revised 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class should still offer a gas-powered V-6 model, diesel V-6, V-8, and AMG model plus the low-volume hybrid V-6. Sales of the E-Class remain steady, with 44,796 units sold through the end of September, making it the second-most-popular Mercedes behind the less expensive C-Class. What do think about the styling of the Mercedes E-Class AMG prototype?