By on September 9, 2020

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is receiving a series of updates for 2021 — including some new engine options, styling adjustments, and the obligatory infotainment updates. There’s even a new lifted version called the E450 4Matic All-Terrain that’s clearly targeting fancy alternatives to the Subaru Outback (e.g. the Audi A6 Allroad).

Unfortunately, these enhancements have raised the price of the E-Class slightly. The base model E350 now starts at $55,300 (including destination), which seems a lot to ask for a 2.0-liter turbo making 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. That’d be a juicier package inside one of Mercedes’ smaller products and opting in to an all-wheel-drive 4Matic brings the price $57,800 before you’ve even had a whiff of the 3.0-liter inline-six. But you do get Daimler’s updated MBUX software across the range and a longer list of interior material choices and styles. Though our readers seemed to really hate the interior found in the new S-Class and we’re doubting you’ll be any fonder of the wavy lines found inside the refreshed E-Class family, even if they’re not drastically different from what was available beforehand.

You might dig the infotainment system, however, especially if you splurge on the dual 12.3-inch screen option that butts the digital gauge cluster against the center console. While we think Daimler is engaging in some less-than-savory monetization using its MBUX system, it’s one of the slicker interfaces in the industry and big on customization. But it still feels like the automotive industry is spending way too much of its time focused on digitizing vehicles, with German firms being among the worst offenders.

Voice command and gesture controls are both available but we’re always skeptical of anything that takes physical interactions out of the equation. Buttons may be unsightly but they are often the more intuitive option for common actions. But Mercedes’ optional full-color head-up display is so cool that we really don’t need it to be super practical to enjoy it.

Fortunately, M-B hasn’t ignored the E-Class’ more-traditional hardware. E450 models open the door to the brand’s 3.0-liter turbo I6 engine producing 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That’s been supplemented by 48-volt mild-hybrid technology that can tack on another 21 hp and 184 lb-ft when needed. E450 4Matic Sedans start at $63,050 with the 4Matic Cabriolet coming in at $75,500. Coupe models enjoy mid-tier pricing with rear-wheel drive examples starting at $66,000.

Mercedes-AMG E53 models come with a beefed-up 3.0-liter unit producing 429 hp and 384 lb-ft before the mild-hybrid helper comes into play. They also come with uniquely tuned suspensions and unique AMG styling cues both inside and out. Customers can expect to spend around $75,000 for the privilege of owning one, with coupe and convertible models being several grand steeper.

Of course, you’ll probably prefer the E63 S and its holdover (600+ hp) 4.0-liter bi-turbo engine if you thinking about AMG. Just be prepared to drop $108,550 for the sedan and an eye-watering $113,500 for the wagon.

Speaking of wagons, the E450 now comes in the aforementioned “All-Terrain” trim. Essentially a raised version of the 4Matic E-Class wagon, the All-Terrain adds ruggedness through some unique styling cues (black cladding) and its own air suspension system. Expect to spend at least $68,650. There’s also likely to be a plug-in hybrid option for the base-model E-Class. But it seems as though Daimler intends on keeping that one out of the North American market. The rest of the family should start appearing on dealer lots before the end of this year, however.

[Images: Daimler]

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18 Comments on “Mercedes-Benz E-Class Family Updated for 2021, Pricing Adjusted...”

  • avatar

    Now Mercedes is aping Subaru. There is no bottom.

    And how is a 2.0 liter four cylinder designated “350”?

    • 0 avatar

      Smoke and mirrors, it’s really an E200.

    • 0 avatar

      This more a direct response to Audi’s allroad station wagons, which actually play in the same class as the E-class vs. the Outback.

      And really, how is a 2.0 I4 designated 350? Have you been asleep the last decade+? Are you also boggled by the E450, E53, and E63? They’ve long since stopped correlating the model number to the engine size. Get some new material.

      • 0 avatar

        Thank you for your input. Have a nice day.

        • 0 avatar

          Gracious in your ignorance, I see.

          Mercedes has had the turbo 4 2.0t as standard in the E Class for some years. I’ve been in a 2017 Merc E300 myself, a 241 hp 2.0t.

          If you fell asleep and haven’t been following along for years, haven’t ever before noticed that the E-Class comes standard with the four, and then belligerently ask why the new one is designated an E350, perhaps your misplaced ire should be directed to Mercedes themselves.

          • 0 avatar

            It might be better directed at Mercedes but I don’t think it is misdirected.

            What makes a 241hp engine a “300” and a 255hp engine a “350”? Why is this a “350” when an E350 from 8 years ago made 48 more horsepower and equal torque? The “450” and “53” designations make little sense as well. It’s all just mindless designations at those point.

    • 0 avatar

      too rich for my blood after 10 years of buying their cars.

  • avatar

    I haven’t driven the newest Mercedes turbo-4 but I found the old versions to be quite garbage so it is hopefully a big improvement. The E450 seems like it priced a bit spicy compared to the 540i or A6 3.0.

    E53 is about right compared to the S6 or M550i. A high-output inline-6 is an interesting option.

  • avatar

    For some reason gray over white looks cheap. I’m all for two tone interiors, but that’s a bit sterile and, though I’m ambivalent toward the “tacked on iPad” so many gripe about, the huge television screen in the middle of the console is a bit tacky. Then again I’m not at that stage in my life where I could countenance the idea of looking at a Mercedes, BMW, Audi; maybe their clientele are looking for this type of tack.

    • 0 avatar

      Tacky sells, at all levels. That’s the (western) world we live in. I recall a single panel cartoon that pretty much summed up the modern world. It featured a vending machine labeled “Life – It’s What You’re Living”. It had selections called “Truth”, “Honesty”, “Integrity”, etc., but there was one selection called “Noisy, Shiny Cr*p”. That selection was sold out.

  • avatar

    I haven’t been in the new car market for a while, but a 6 cylinder e class starts at 63k? And blown 4’s start at $55k? Hard pass.

    The T-4 in our leased GLC sounds like a diesel. Fortunately, you can only hear the engine noise outside. Unfortunately, I drive with the windows down.

    It’s an ok CUV with excellent ride quality, but the driver’s seat sucks after 45 minutes and the passenger seat is even worse.

    To get a good Mercedes – the kind where it actually feels like a Mercedes – it looks like you’re having to go into the mid 70’s. That’s too much for a depreciating asset with a high ownership cost and very overrated dealer experience.

  • avatar

    Black cladding on a Benz?
    Do you have to pay more for “body color heated mirrors” as well?

    • 0 avatar

      We knew it was coming, but I hate hate hate this wagon treatment. I had a ’00 E320 Wagon, my father just got the ’19 E Wagon, and I’d say making it “All-Terrain” only means we’ll never own another one. Just awful. Raise it, ugly it up, so it handles a bit worse, gets worse mileage, is a tad slower, and you get to pay more! Cool.

  • avatar

    Mercedes is a Cadillac of European cars. Therefore 2.0T. Turbo actually factors as 150%. I.e. 2.0L*150% = 300. Oops, still not 350.

  • avatar

    So, the already uninspired sheet metal gets even more anonymous and bulbous and the dash remains as tacky and unwieldy as ever (can we say tbick?).

    But it’ll sell because it’s a Mercedes.

    While there are flaws to the new Mercedes dash design in the S Class (such as the placement and shape of the center vents), find it a bit refreshing compared to the outgoing “art deco” over-styled interiors (like the interior design of the EQS even more so than for the new S Class).

  • avatar

    Looks like my 2016 e class wagon will be my last. What a shame.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    I mean the shape doesn’t really stand out but it doesn’t offend me. The interior however gives me pause. Not a fan of the widescreen fad but I guess that’s progress? The lifted wagon is actually a great idea; I’ve seen plenty of Audi Allroads in Westchester County and throughout the northeast…a little competition can’t hurt. You joke about the Outback but this gives their owners another option at the upper end if they don’t want a CUV or SUV. If long term maintenance wasn’t so brutal I’d certainly consider one – I keep my cars for the long haul and a few Europeans have nearly bled me to death in the past despite their many accolades.

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