The Indian arm of Mercedes-Benz India, a renowned German luxury automotive marque, is gearing up towards the launch of its 2013 E-Class saloon in the domestic premium car market. As per industry sources, the E-Class facelift could begin its Indian innings this month and would be launched across the company's nationwide dealerships on June 25, 2013. The luxury saloon is expected to come with several cosmetic changes in the interior and exterior design fronts, while retaining same configuration as the outgoing model under its hood.
The design changes in the upcoming Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift model include a reworked front grille, bold new bumpers and headlamp assembly replete with LED daytime running lights. The rear profile of the luxury saloon gets new exhaust tips and tail lamp cluster. Top industry critics have opined that the E-Class facelift version is more aggressive than the previous model and boasts of a great on-road presence.
Under its hood, the India-spec 2013 E-Class range would be available with two power-mill options- a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol and 2.1 litre four-cylinder diesel. The 2.0 litre petrol is a direct injection engine that develops a top power output of 184 bhp, whereas the 2.1 litre diesel oil burner churns out 204 bhp as peak power. The powertrain assemblies would come mated to Mercedes-Benz's 7-speed G-tronic automatic transmission system. Mercedes-Benz E-Class models compete against BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 luxury saloons in the Indian premium car market. At present, E-Class range starts from around Rs. 40 lakh and the price of top-end trim is close to Rs. 75 lakh in the country.