Facelifted 2020 Mercedes-AMG E63 rounds off updated E-Class range

Published: 17 June 2020

► Full E-Class range including updated E63
► Petrol, diesel, PHEV or AMG versions
► Cleaner look, more tech in latest facelift

Mercedes is rolling out refreshed versions of its E-Class executive model, with the updated E63 finishing off the line-up. It joins the recently refreshed regular saloon and estate, coupe and cabriolet.

Think of the refresh as more of what we’ve grown used to from Mercedes with its updates – that is to say, more tech and more luxury than ever before, plus a cleaner overall design.

The AMG E63 finishes off the updated range and, good news, it still sounds as feral as ever.

Looks like an A-Class grew up…

The new grille and light treatments – both front and rear – are more horizontal than vertical, giving the E-Class the same sort of flavour as its younger siblings. Base models and Exclusive Line models in Europe still get the traditional upright grille with hood ornament, but it’s more than likely that UK models will feature the more sporting grille with central star as standard.

Redesigned lights are full LED as standard, with fancy Multibeam adaptive units (incorporating steroidal-sounding ULTRA RANGE high beam) available further up the range.

2020 E-Class rear

There’s plenty of chrome fore and aft – a strip in the grille is mirrored by a chunky bar of the stuff on the boot lid. Piano black fills in the rest, including vanes on the air intakes and splitters.

AMG models feature a redesigned bonnet with power domes, while the All-Terrain will be spiritually closer to its SUV siblings such as the GLC, with chrome finishes replacing the brushed silver found on the previous model. At the rear, the Coupe and Cabriolet versions have even flatter, horizontal light clusters than the saloon or estate versions.

Is the interior as luxurious as ever?

Definitely. As you’d expect, there’s the latest MBUX operating system at the core of it all. It operates via two screens – either 10.25-inches or optionally 12.3-inches, arranged side-by-side under the same glossy enclosure to give a real widescreen experience.

We’ve seen all this in recent models such as the GLS, but we’ve not seen the E-Class’ new steering wheel before. It’s either a split three-spoke design or a six-spoke one, depending how literal you are. Essentially, that means it looks to be rather more of a button-fest than even Merc’s previous wheel, though how many of those are physical switches and how many are touch-sensitive remains to be seen.

2020 E-Class interior

Elsewhere, the cabin is much the same – with intricate metal air vents, knurled metal aplenty and a swish combination of wood and leather adorning most surfaces. The infotainment adopts the same flat touchpad as its newer sister cars, ditching a scroll wheel once and for all.

New finishes are available inside and out, too. Three new paint colours are as imaginative as you’d expect from a large German saloon – they’re High-Tech Silver, Mojave Silver, or Graphite Grey Metallic. Inside it’s slightly more exciting, with combinations of brown and beige available if you opt for the right trim levels. New for this year is a clever automatic driving position adjustment – input your height on the infotainment display and the car will adjust the seat and wheel for you.

What are the engines like?

Whether the UK gets the full line-up is uncertain but European markets will have petrol engines from 154bhp to 362bhp, and diesels from 158bhp to 325bhp. If you want a load of numbers thrown at you, that means everything from E 200 and 200d to E 450 in the E-Class' regular range.

Again, like most other recent Merc arrivals, a new four-cylinder petrol with a mild-hybrid system and just about every daft word Mercedes could think of – all fitted in the name of added efficiency. There’s a Nanoslide cylinder coating, Conicshape cylinder honing, a segment charger with flow connection… all you need to know is that it’s capable of coasting at high speeds with the engine switched off, features an electric compressor for the turbocharger and promises very high efficiency.

E53 rear cornering

There’s also a glut of emissions control systems fitted to both petrol and diesel engines. As for plug-in hybrids, the E 300 e petrol and E 300 de diesel will be carried over, though it’s likely they’ll be tweaked and potentially rebadged.

This is on top of the AMG E 53, which uses a 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six with EQ Boost, churning out 429bhp via an AMG-tuned nine-speed auto, and the E63 and 63 S retains its fire-breathing, 604bhp twin-turbp V8.

What about the additional tech?

Mercedes was one of the first with semi-autonomous driving on the current E-Class, so it’s added and improved it all for this facelifted model. First off is the fitment of capacitive sensors in the steering wheel – this detects touch, rather than pressure, so there’ll be no need to keep twitching the steering in order to prevent the car yelling at you.

Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection is standard, while the Driving Assistance package will add plenty of other goodies. Active Speed Limit assist uses map data and traffic sign recognition to adjust the speed limiter appropriately and can also use the route in the sat-nav to adjust ahead of bends, junctions or sliproads.

2020 E53 interior

The adaptive cruise control will also use live traffic data to detect a tailback and reduce speed unless told otherwise. Once in said tailback, it’ll drive the car at speeds of up to 37mph, stopping and starting.

Blind-spot monitoring is also available and works even when the car’s switched off – hopefully preventing the occupants from opening their doors into pedestrians or cyclists.

Finally, there’s also Urban Guard – a vehicle protection system capable of tracking the vehicle and informing the owner of any potential theft or breakins via their Mercedes app.

When can I buy one?

Deliveries start in Europe in the late summer after going on sale in May. UK pricing and specs are yet to be announced – we’ll update this page when we know more.

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By Tom Wiltshire

Bauer Automotive staff writer; Cotswoldian, Peugeot enthusiast, SsangYong Turismo apologist

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