Mercedes E Class facelift caught in the wild days ahead of Detroit debut

02/01/2013 - 17:12 | ,   | Shrawan Raja

Until now you have seen the facelift of the E Class only via press shots and trailers.

2013 Mercedes E Class side view2013 Mercedes E Class facelift front

These are usually edited to look glamorous, there's comprehensive touch up procedures, color corrections and studio light effects that cover up the raw beauty of the car. By raw beauty we mean the car's grace when it is in its natural habitat - the public road.

2013 Mercedes E Class facelift rear2013 Mercedes E Class

Caught for the first time in such an instance near Metzingen, a city in South West Germany, fully undisguised, the 2013 Mercedes Benz E Class officially debuts at the North American International Auto Show later this month in Detroit. These images are brought to us by Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog. Test mules can still be spotted around the Sindelfingen production plant and around Untertürkheim in Stuttgart, according to their report.

Since the mid-life operation is cosmetic the car's identity is not completely new. However the front bumper looks unfamiliar. The 'Elegance' variant gets a standard four-louvre grille with a three pointed star designed as a hood ornament while the premium 'Avantgarde' variant features a central star on a thickly slabbed grille.

See the changes and technologies in the 2013 Mercedes E Class

MB Passion Blog writes that the production of the E Class facelift starts in the last week of March and the "showroom premiere" will be on 13 April. Facelifted versions of the coupe and convertible will follow a month later and the E63 AMG variant will be the last of the arrivals in June.

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