The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-class isn’t scheduled to make its first public appearance until January at the Detroit auto show, but the car’s recent visit to Madrid sees the cork popped on this particular bottle of champagne.
Autofácil is the source for the photo of the undisguised 2014 E-class you see here, and it serves to flesh out what we already know about the E’s mid-cycle refresh.
When the current-gen E debuted for 2010, its take on the quad-headlamp look wasn’t particularly well received. We knew the lamps would be heavily revised, and they now appear more like those on the C-class. But design chief Gorden Wagener couldn’t do without the visual signature, and so it remains in the form of daytime running lights. The headlights bookend a new nose inspired by Benz’s latest design theme as seen on the new-for-2012 SLK-class and the new-for-2013 SL-class. Another polarizing cue swept into the dustbin: The Ponton-inspired crease over the rear wheels.