In a different class


Mercedes-Benz has released details of its updated E-Class saloon and estate, which is claimed to be the biggest model update in the company’s history. Certainly, from the outside, it represents a dramatic change.

Out go the four separate headlights, which have been an E-Class signature since 1996, and in come single headlights and a big, bold grille that apes the look of the A-Class and CLS. The “pontoon” style rear wheelarch bulge, designed to evoke memories of the 1950s 190 saloon, has gone as well.

The basic mechcanical package remains much the same, with the 2.1-litre 220 CDI diesel engine still being the primary engine for Ireland, but there will be more safety and convenience technology, with the radar-based Collision Prevent Assist now featuring an adaptive braking function and a new 360-degree camera system that gives a birds-eye view of the car when parking.