When Mercedes-Benz updated the E-Class, it took some of us by surprise. Facelifts are usually small tweaks to a few parts, but the German automaker took it further than that for their mid-size offering. They gave it a new front and rear end, almost looking like an all-new model in the process.
That model has been out in Germany for quite some time already. However, Southeast Asian markets don't have it yet. If you're a Mercedes-Benz fan, the long wait might be over soon. That's because it's coming to the region in a few weeks. However, we won't be the first to get it. Instead, Thailand is the first of our neighbors to launch the new-look E-Class.
According to our friends from Headlightmag, the regional debut for the 2021 E-Class is set for February. The exact date? February 20, 2021.
With that, the Philippine launch might be within the year. It could also be the reason why Mercedes-Benz Philippines is slashing prices of the current model by more than PHP 100,000.
So, what can we expect? Looking at the present line-up, we might get three engine options. First is the turbocharged 1.6-liter that powers the entry-level E 180. Another one could be the new 2.0-liter turbo that has more power and is available in the E 200. Last but not least, a 2.0-liter turbodiesel might still be an option with the E 220d.
As for equipment levels, it will depend on Mercedes-Benz Philippines' product planners. Of course, we can expect technologies such as the new MBUX infotainment system and the “Hey, Mercedes” voice function to appear in this model. If these features are in the smaller CLA and GLA models, there's a good chance it will be in the E-Class.
If CATS Motors is bringing it in soon, we're curious where they will source it. For the longest time, Mercedes-Benz cars in the Philippines were sourced straight from Germany. These days, the C-Class we get rolls off their Malaysian assembly line. Mercedes-Benz also has an assembly plant in Thailand that assembles the E-Class. Is it possible that we'll get Thai-made E-Classes as well? The only way we'll know the E-Class' country of origin is once the local distributor launches it.