2021 Mercedes E-Class L Gets Updated Looks And New Tech

Mercedes has used the Beijing Auto Show to introduce the facelifted E-Class L.

Like the standard model, the long-wheelbase variant features an updated exterior with new bumpers, a revised grille and restyled lighting units.

Besides those styling changes, the E-Class L grows an additional 0.9 inches (22 mm) to measure 199 inches (5,056 mm) overall. That makes the long-wheelbase variant 4.8 inches (121 mm) longer than the standard model. More importantly, the wheelbase is 5.5 inches (140 mm) longer and this creates a spacious rear passenger compartment.

Speaking of the cabin, the E-Class L comes equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 12.3-inch infotainment system. The model also has a 64 color ambient lighting system and an improved rear seat with a more comfortable center position.

The central rear seat can also be folded down to reveal a new 7-inch touchscreen. It provides easy access to multimedia settings, the ambient lighting system and controls for the outboard massaging seats.

Under the hood, there’s an assortment of engines including an entry-level 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 181 hp (135 kW / 184 PS) and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque. It enables the E 280 L to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 8.7 seconds. While all-wheel drive typically helps to improve performance, here it increases the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time to nine seconds flat.

Buyers looking for more power can opt for the E 300 L which has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine pumping out 254 hp (190 kW / 258 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. This variant eschews all-wheel drive, but the dash to 62 mph (100 km/h) is cut to 6.6 seconds.

Lastly, there’s the E 350 L 4MATIC which has an upgraded 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 295 hp (220 kW / 299 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. It runs from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.1 seconds.

Pricing starts at ¥430,800 and tops out at ¥642,800 for the E 350 L 4MATIC.

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