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Mercedes refreshes E-Class for 2021, opts to send sedan and wagon versions stateside

The refreshed E-Class features a strong stance, modern features, and new styling.

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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and wagon features all the things you think it will – a high-quality interior, the latest Mercedes tech innovations, and a familiar yet progressive body style. There's also a new variant, the All-Terrain.

The German luxury automaker has given the E-Class redesigned front headlamps (standard full-LED, available multibeam LED), new taillights, and a fresh grille and front bumper. Chrome and gloss black accents play across the exterior of the car.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class The taillights are almost triangular, a departure from traditional Mercedes-Benz rear styling.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes has given the E-Class sedan standard AMG body cladding. It also has a new bumper, split taillamps, and a new trunk lid.

While the E-Class All-Terrain is technically a car, its visual cues are more closely associated with a Mercedes SUV. Its radiator grille and stylized skid plate have a mirror chrome finish.

Mercedes is making three new paint jobs available: Cirrus Silver, Graphite Grey and Mojave Silver. Aero wheels are also now available.

For the first time, the U.S. market will get electrified models. The M265 engine in the E450 is a 3.0-liter six-cylinder gasoline powerplant with a 48-volt electrical system. It achieves 362 horsepower.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class The wagon version is already proving a popular addition to the lineup with enthusiasts.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The cabin of the E-Class is appropriately luxurious. There are new color combinations including Magma Grey/Neva Grey and Magma Grey/Macchiato Beige, and trim in Natural Grain Grey Ash Wood and an updated version of Burl Walnut Wood.

In front of the driver is a cockpit with two 12.3-inch displays. Voice control is standard and augmented video for navigation is available.

Drivers can pick an interior tone to match their mood. Modern Classic is a classically elegant display, Sport has black and yellow contrasting elements, Progressive has less digital information displayed, and Discreet only shows what information is absolutely necessary.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class The interior of the car feature two 12.3-inch screens in the dashboard.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The 2021 E-Class is available with next-gen driving technology including a new steering wheel that is able to detect if the driver has removed their hands, adaptive cruise control with route-based speed adjustment, stop and go assist, active steering assist, active brake assist, active blind spot assist, and a 360-degree camera.

Mercedes is making the steering wheel available in the buyer's choice of a full leather or a wood-leather combination.

The refreshed E-Class will go on sale in the U.S. this autumn. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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An all-electric vintage Bentley offers retro looks and modern tech.

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It's been a busy few months. Lunaz has increased its U.K. electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing footprint by 500 percent and added the world's first electric classic Bentley to its portfolio.

"Restoration, re-engineering and electrification responds to the global requirement for a clean-air future," said David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz. "The Lunaz proprietary powertrain has been proven by furthering the legacies of the most significant cars in history. The time is now right to establish a significantly expanded presence to answer the global need for much wider conversion applications. Our commitment to the UK as a global centre of technical excellence in EV engineering is signalled with the commissioning of a permanent home for our rapidly growing business."

New home

The new Lunaz production home, designed from the ground up, will be completed this spring. It will feature a state-of-the-art design and a research and development hub. The company will have the ability to finish surfaces, engineer batteries, restore the bodies of vehicles, and crafts key components in hard and soft finishes in-house.

Customers will be able to access a hosting space on the second floor of the building, which has an uninterrupted view of Silverstone Racetrack. Beyond race days, the suite will be used as consultation space with the Lunaz design team.

Lunaz Bentley Continental

Lunaz is now offering electrified versions of vintage Bentley Continentals.

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Electrified vintage Bentley Continental

Following the offering of an all-electric vintage Rolls-Royce, Lunaz is responding to demand, offering a full production of the world's first electric Bnetleys.

"The Bentley Continental is the definitive British grand touring machine," said Lorenz. "Customers across the globe asked us to create the world's first electric expressions of these iconic cars. The result marries the beauty and presence of these extraordinary cars with a proven answer to the key questions of reliability, usability and sustainability that surrounds classic car ownership. We are proud to further the legacy of the Bentley Continental with the start of full production from our significantly expanded UK manufacturing presence."

The most recently completed car is a 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur by H.J Mulliner. It is presented with a two-tone paint job and an interior that is finished in hand-restored lustrous green leather with burr walnut trim. Modern conveniences have been fitted to the car including power steering and air conditioning. An infotainment screen with navigation and Apple CarPlay functionality is also included.

This particular model will be used as a daily driver by a U.K. car collector so hill seats have been integrated into the rear.

Lunaz will now permanently release production allocation for Bentley Continental S1, S2, S3 in two-door and four-door configuration. In addition to fixed-head cars, the company will also offer rare Continental Drophead Coupé examples.

Prices for original factory steel-body cars start at £350,000 excluding local taxes.


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The Audi E-Tron is an all-electric SUV.

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Customers who purchase or lease an all-electric Audi E-Tron or E-Tron Sportback between March 2 to April 30, 2021 may be eligible for a subscription to Arcadia to power their vehicles with renewable energy. Here's how it works.

Arcadia connects renters and homeowners across the U.S. to wind and solar energy through utility data and billing technology. Users utilize renewable energy certificates to purchase their power from those renewable energy sources. Audi describes the process:

"In select markets within Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island, Arcadia's platform connects qualifying customers to community solar projects in their area. These customers are allocated a portion of the energy output from their community solar projects and earn credits on their power bills as the projects generate power and add renewable energy to their local grid."

Based on customer polling by Audi, 85% of E-Tron customers and 90% of E-Tron Sportback customers state that environmental impact is either "important" or "very important" toward purchase considerations.

Qualified customers who get one of those two vehicles can get a complementary subscription for up to five years. Participating Audi E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback customers may also be eligible to receive up to a $750 credit toward their electricity bill through the Arcadia platform with a subscription.

This isn't the first partnership between Audi and Arcadia. The company collaborated in 2018 and 2020 with similar initiatives.

Audi's E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback are assembled in Brussels, Belgium in a plant that is certified as carbon neutral. The automaker has set the goal of reducing vehicle-specific carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2025 and is set to achieve carbon dioxide neutrality globally across the lifecycle of its vehicles by 2050.

Both E-Tron models are capable of charging from zero to 80 percent battery capacity in about 30 minutes using a public DC 150-kilowatt fast charger. The 2021 E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback have EPA-estimated full-charge ranges of 222 and 218 miles, respectively.

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