2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class at 2009 Detroit Auto Show


  • Competes with: BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Jaguar XF, Infiniti M4
  • Looks like: A bloated C-Class with headlights lifted from a Lexus GS
  • Drivetrain: 292-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 or 388-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 with seven-speed automatic
  • Hits dealerships: July/August 2009; September 2009 for all-wheel-drive models

Tonight, before the official opening of the 2009 Detroit auto show, Mercedes-Benz showed off its all-new E-Class. Going on sale this summer as a 2010 model, the new E-Class gets an entirely new exterior and interior while carrying over basically the same engines it sports in the 2009 models. All-wheel-drive 4Matic models will arrive after the rear-wheel-drive models go on sale this summer. Diesel versions, wagons and powerful AMG models will follow next year.

So what’s the big deal about a new E-Class? It’s a new E-Class, and it steals its profile from the new design Mercedes slathered on the entry-level C-Class. When you get to the front, though, things change radically. While we might not mind the S-Class-like grille or the return of the hood ornament (will folks still steal these?), the headlights just don't look right. Supposedly the models shown are for the European market; those bound for the U.S. will receive subtle tweaks.

Are we focusing on looks a bit too much? Maybe, but with nothing new under the hood — Mercedes does promise slightly better fuel efficiency — there’s not much to talk about right now.

Cars.com's Kelsey Mays was on hand at a special sneak preview of the car, and he'll have a full hands-on report tomorrow, including what he thought of its interior quality. For now, check out the photos below and let us know if you think the new E-Class can hold up to the competition.



Hmm looks a lot like a Lexus GS430 but I like it!

Hmm looks a lot like a Lexus GS430 but I like it!

Ken L.

This 2010 E class will no longer retain the timeless beauty of the current model. Such a disappointment.


Why criticize MB for using a common design language - almost every other car line does exactly the same thing. This car will send BMW and Audi back to the drawing boards. The interior is outstanding and much less bland and boring than the aforementioned models. This is SO much more car than an A6.


What's with the GS headlights?

BTW, competitors had typo, missing a "5" in the M45


I'm glad they're losing the goggle-eyed look of the present E Class. That is a design best forgotten, and it will be forever linked to MB's bad reliability years.


Hyundai must be flattered that they stole the rear end from a Sonata...

big nin

happy mantis ur right mercedes benz used to have signature tail lights were recognizable from a quarter mile away now they look like any thing else with leds


Looks worse than the old one. Do not like the front or the character lines on the side. Also, the engines are nothing new. STS and M35 have more power standard.


are those LED's in the lower corners of the bumper? that would be cool except it looks like an after-thought stuck in black plastic to fill the empty space they don't know what to do with ...


I thought it was a shame that my uncle got the 2009 E-Class, but after looking at the 2010 pics, I'm beginning to reconsider my opinion about his current purchase. The 2010 E-Class is not entirely bad looking. The outside and inside is clean looking, but I feel that it lost a bit of it's character compared to the 2009 model. I have to agree that the front headlights looks like they came of of a Lexus GS and the rear from that of a Hyundai Sonata. It's not bad...just not as unique. I'm sure it will still have a lot of buyers and perhaps I may even grow to appreciate why MB did what they did when I get a chance to see it in person. Only time will tell.


Considering its no more efficient, looks worse and will likely cost more, I dont see this as a major step forward. The interior is somewhat better but shows no new thinking from MB. You can get virtually the same interior in the GLK and C class. Its too angular. I see they are doing stitched leather dashes like Cadillac now.

The front end is just odd for no particular reason. This cannot compete with Audi's latest designs.


In one word: meh.

Keith O


Keith O



It seems to me that the color is what makes or breaks the headlights. With the silver color, they blend in and look less awkward. The darker color makes the headlights much more noticeable, but not in a good way.


Looks like a Hyundai. What a disappointment! They should keep the ols style with upgraded interior and engines. At least the old one looks like a Merc.!


Gotta agree, there's some Sonata in the rear flanks. I think I read somewhere that MB just hired Hyundai's chief stylist away from them.


The interior does not look luxurious ... it actually looks somewhat harsh, more along the lines of a up-market pickup truck.

The long hood and short deck are nice but the face of this car is just too Asian. I like the round-eyed German look of the previous models.


I have the current E-320, and was really looking forward to the new model, but this was a bit dissapointing.. I was hopeing to aviod the d*** 'joy stick' and also looked forward to more agressive fron styling. The back looks almost unchanged and since the motors are the same, what is the purpose of this model if all I get are the new lights?? I will wait until I have driven one, but right now, I may hang with my old one for another 2-3 years unless I get realy impressed by the interior....


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john c

Like other comments I've just read, I too could not wait to see the new 2010 e class. BUT....how disappointing, it still looks my current E320, except for the front lights. Nor do I do not like the section of the rear lights that is now incorporated into the boot lid. Also, why is there no 'Elegance' version being produced for the UK market? I will wait to see the new model in the flesh before I finally decide whether to continue with Mercedes Benz E class or move to a BMW.


It's great that all the current E-class owners like their cars so much - that's a testament to Benz quality. But you'll have to face the fact that your car is yesterday's news. The new one looks MUCH better. And Sheth - MB isn't interested in folks like you so your comments are irrelevant. The interior is not too angular, but a return to the type of design that put MB on the map in the '60s and '70s.


Awesome styling, love it, love it, love it!

For those of you who don't, jealousy makes you nasty!
Go merc!!


The new e-class will also have a soft top convertible version, one more reason to forget the dorky looking current e-class.


does anyone else see the 2004 Kia Optima in the headlights???


I don't mind the exterior from the front, though a bit too much Cadilac CTS/Lexus GS.

I could do without the non-descript tail though. I though I was looking at an improperly placed of a Honda Accord or a Hyundai Sonata at first.

The ambient light will be a nice feature.

Karam El-Gohary



The MB 2010 model looks nice, but I believe the older model is more charming. I am not too impressed about the tail lights design. I am a bit disappointed though....as I even sold my 2005 E class model, awaiting the much talked about 2010 model. I do not know whether to look for a BMW, or better still go in for an Audi! Who knows.. I may turn to like it later.


its jus look beautiful


When I first saw this car introduced I had reservations. I noticed what I thought were asian influences in the styling but have since changed my mind. Together, the individual styling aspects work well. In person, the new E Class reminds you more of an S Class or even a Maybach. I test drove the car a couple of days ago and I was very impressed by the loads of new technology. Lots of voice controlled features, a navigation system that greatly surpasses the last generation, paddle shifters, ground sucking suspension and a silky transmission. I think it is the proper progression for the E Class and I am picking mine up on Wednesday.


i personally think the new bmw 5 series is better than the e class


mercedes benz dubbed the nissan teana especially with the tail lights compare both of them and compare

ronnie g

Great car ,however waste of money ,Buy the C class luxury model ,looks almost exactly the same ,just a lot less money out of your pocket.Place the cars side by side & it is hard to tell them apart .You have to get Luxury edition to acheive this.

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