Weeks after its 'official spyshot', Mercedes-Benz has taken off the camouflage off the heavily updated E-Class. Not only have the front and rear been given a totally different look from the current model, it also gets a host of new tech as seen in the GLE mid-size crossover as well.

New skin, new heart: 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class debuts image

Gone are the mini S-Class cues and in its place are cosmetic bits inspired by the CLS. The headlights for instance are slimmer and has a new LED daytime running light signature. Its grill has been made wider and trapezoidal in shape too. As a result, the entire front bumper had to be changed in order to accommodate this new look. Even the hood was given a mild tweak for good measure.

New skin, new heart: 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class debuts image

The rear is just as extensively altered as the front. With its new slim, wraparound tail light design, Mercedes-Benz had to change a portion of the quarter panel, as well as the trunk lid. To make it more cohesive, the bumper protrudes more outwards than before. Typical in facelifts, there are new wheel options to choose from. 

New skin, new heart: 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class debuts image

Inside, there are new steering wheel designs and vary depending on the style package chosen. The AMG Line has a flat-bottom wheel while the non-sporting versions have a round one. Mercedes-Benz has also gotten rid of the scroll wheel to control the infotainment system. In its place is a touch pad and the acts as a 'mouse' to navigate through the menus. Software updates are also part of the changes.

On to technology and it's available with semi-autonomous driving capabilities. Some of these include Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adjustment, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist (with turning maneuver function), and Active Blind Spot Assist with exit warning, just to name a few.

New skin, new heart: 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class debuts image

Mercedes-Benz is leaving their V6 engines in the past as they return to the classic inline-six arrangement. The E-Class range starts with turbocharged four-cylinder engines in various states of tune. The more powerful four-cylinder option is in the E350 making 255 PS. The straight-six E450 meanwhile doles out 365 PS. Moving to turbodiesels and it starts with the E200d making 160 PS, all the way to the E400d 4Matic putting out 330 PS and, most importantly, about 700 Nm of torque.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will roll out to customers in Europe by the third quarter of 2020. That means we're likely to see this new look either mid-2021, or possibly even 2022.