The German sedan wars wage on

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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To the average man on the street, the difference between the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will likely go largely unnoticed — but well-informed GP readers will have the leg up. Much found in the Sindelfingen, Germany-built sedan and wagon is new, and all the internal and external changes debut at the January 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new E comes in a slew of engine choices, including a 3.5-liter V6 in the E350 sedan and wagon with 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque; the E550 4Matic’s turbo 5.5-liter V8 with 402 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque; the E400 hybrid has both a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine and an electric motor that provides an additional 27 horsepower; and the E250 Bluetec turbodiesel with a 2.1-liter inline 4-cylinder has 190 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The beastly big brother E63 AMG, finally, takes top rung with a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 that belches out 550 horsepower and a huge 590 lb-ft of torque, exclusively in 4Matic. Whew. That’s a lot of numbers. But good ones, no?

The new E’s sheet metal is less edgy, and the front and rear fascias have also been redesigned with a greater degree of elegance, hopefully appealing even more to Mercedes’ well-to-do target market. The safety technology cup runneth over with engine stop-start, and available DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, Brake Assist system BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE Brake, PRE-SAFE PLUS, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Active Parking Assist and Surround View Camera. Yes, you still have to drive the car, sort of. Look for the new E-Class to go on sale in the Spring of 2013 with a base price range from $52,000 to $94,000.