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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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The iX M60 will hit dealers' lots in June 2022.

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BMW's electric vehicle catalog is growing rapidly as the automaker rolls out new electrified cars and SUVs. The latest is the iX M60, a red-hot five-seat SUV with sleek styling and a spectacular list of standard features. BMW announced the new SUV this week, along with pricing and release date details.

The iX M60 is BMW's first performance-oriented electric SUV, though BMW calls it a sports activity vehicle, or SAV. Its powertrain has been massaged to produce up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Maximum power delivery is limited to times when the vehicle's launch control is activated, but even the "normal" numbers are impressive: In regular driving situations, the iX puts down 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.6 seconds and the iX M60 can go on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

2023 BMW iX M60 Though extremely sporty, BMW doesn't shy away from using loads of luxurious finishes and materials. BMW

The iX brings more than performance, as its charging capabilities are quite strong. Using AC power, the vehicle can charge from 0-100 percent in 10.25 hours on its fastest setting. Using its fastest DC power setting, the iX can charge from 10 to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Two electric motors power the SUV, which provide standard all-wheel drive. Dual-axle air suspension is standard, along with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. BMW says that the air suspension is controlled individually at each wheel, so the vehicle can adjust ride height in several ways to maintain stability and remain level in corners.

2023 BMW iX M60 The vehicle can run from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and features standard AWD.BMW

When it goes on sale in June, 2022, the 2023 BMW iX M60 will have a starting price of $106,095, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's a flagship price tag, but the SUV's got the performance and a flagship-level list of standard features. That six-figure dollar amount buys 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, AC fast charging, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, four-zone automatic climate controls, and more.

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The EQXX Concept features a crazy driving range.

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Mercedes-Benz is putting its century-plus of automotive experience into building electric cars, and the results are impressive. The EQS is an electric flagship with great range, and the automaker has unveiled several concepts to show its future plans. The Vision EQXX concept debuted today as an ultra-efficient luxury EV with astonishing range numbers.

Mercedes-Benz EQXX Concept Mercedes focused on efficiency over power with the car. Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes' focus with the EQXX is efficiency over power, as it says the car is its most efficient it has ever made. The EQXX uses less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometers (around 62 miles), which equates to 620 miles on a single charge. The battery was designed with tech and knowledge from Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team, especially when it comes to size and weight. The EQXX's battery pack is 50 percent smaller by volume and 30 percent lighter than the pack in the EQS, which already featured astonishing efficiency.

The car's impressive range comes at the expense of horsepower, which in this case means just 201 ponies from the EQXX's electric drivetrain. Mercedes says that the system is capable of delivering up to 95 percent energy efficiency - an impressive figure for power delivery to the wheels. Extremely efficient gas powertrains only achieve around 30 percent efficiency and a human long-distance runner can hit around 50 percent.

Mercedes-Benz EQXX Concept The EQXX is impressively slippery, which improves its range.

The EQXX is a slippery car, too, and with a drag coefficient of just 0.17, the car cuts through the air with ease. The typical EV uses up to two-thirds of its battery capacity just to push through the air, so the EQXX's aerodynamics is a big part of its efficiency. The other big part is Mercedes' thermal management system, which uses shutters and cooling plates to maintain an ideal battery and electric drive unit temperature. The plates allow the EQXX to gain about 12 miles of range in its most aerodynamic mode.

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