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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet debut with fresh exterior, interior enhancements

Mercedes-Benz has refreshed the interior and exterior of the E-Class coupe and cabriolet.

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed a refreshed 2021 E-Class immediately following the reveal of its closest competitor, the next-generation 2021 BMW 5 Series. The company that bears founder Karl Benz's name has given is E-Class a makeover that enhances nearly every aspect of the car.

At the front of the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet are full-LED headlights that are flatter in the new model. Intelligent LED headlights with two round lights are available. The grille now features an A-shape with a large Mercedes logo at the center.

The car's rear features a two-piece taillamp on each side and is illuminated using LED technology. The Mercedes logo hides the rearview camera and is inset into the trunk.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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New aerodynamic wheels, designed for fuel savings, are available. All-wheel drive is available.

Mercedes has made four new paint colors available: Cirrus Silver Metallic, Graphite Grey Metallic, Mojave Silver Metallic and designo Patagonia Red Metallic.

The new E-Class comes with an inline six-cylinder engine that is paired with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. The electrified technology provides up to 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The total output is 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The character of the cabin is relatively unchanged. New trim options are available including open-pore grey ash wood.

Like with the technology in the 2020 Genesis G90, the E-Class allows a driver to put in their height in the infotainment system and the car will automatically move into a position that the company has deemed suitable to the height of the driver.

A number of seat upholstery options are available ranging from embossed leather to Nappa leather with diamond quilting and even sun-reflecting leather (for the Cabriolet).

The model features a new steering wheel design, complete lwith captive functionality that also detects when the driver's hands are off the wheel. The wheel is available as a leather steering wheel and as a super sport flat-bottom version with the available AMG Line. The control surfaces sport a high- gloss black finish, while the trim elements and surrounds have a silver shadow finish. The functions of the instrument cluster and media display are operated using touch controls.

Two 12.3-inch screens, side by side but under one glass panel, make up the driver's information display and the infotainment touch screen. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) has new features you can read about here.

The car also comes with Active Brake Assist with cross traffic functionality, which can precancerous help mitigate the severity of a collision.

The refreshed 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2020.

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The material Jaguar Land Rover is adding to its vehicle interiors is called Econyl.

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As automaker work toward more sustainable business practices, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Econyl nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. The automaker promises that next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with Econyl fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean– known as 'ghost nets'.

Econyl nylon was created by Aquafil. It's already been sued in the high-end fashion, sportswear, and luxury watch industries to create handbags, backpacks, swimwear, and watch straps. In one year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tons of waste, making it in to the nylon. For every 10,000 tonnes of Econyl raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tons of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Jaguar Land Rover has committed to including more sustainable materials in its interiors.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Turning to sustainable materials isn't a new idea. For years Ford has been incorporating all manner of materials into its vehicles including tomatoes, soy, and coffee chaff from McDonald's. General Motors recently showcased a breakdown of how recycled materials are used inside their automobiles.

Bentley's facility in Crewe, England is collecting rainwater for use in its office building allowing the company to not have to draw from the local water system.

Each year automakers release their sustainability report, which champions all the ways that the company is moving forward in its resources conservation plans. This year's GM report sets forth numerous goals. Among them, by 2030, 50 percent of the parts used in General Motors vehicles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, GM's Spring Hill plant in Tennessee will run solely on solar power by 2022.

FCA made big strides in 2019. Their 2020 sustainability report touted their 40 percent reduction in water use and 27 percent carbon footprint reduction per vehicle.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This week Polestar announced that its Precept concept vehicle is headed into production. When the Precept debuted a few months ago, the company bragged about its sustainable interior.

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Cadillac will give the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing carbon fiber seats.

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Cadillac continues to tease its long-awaited Blackwing sedans. The company is using the Blackwing monknier to designate their top-performing models of the CT4 and CT5.

Those models will also wear the "V' designation and be given the full name Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing. They will both be 2022 model year vehicles.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing testing This CT5-V Blackwing was spotted testing at Virginia International Raceway, Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Cadillac has slowly been leaking out details of the models, even as the market moves away from sedan sales. We know now know that Cadillac CT-5 Blackwing will feature racing inspired seats. According to the automaker, "The carbon fiber seat back will feature a precision book-matched design and laser-etched V-Series logo. The seats will also include other customer-centric innovations and features that will be announced at a later date."

Cadillac also confirmed that the model is a limited edition.

We already have seen a picture of the cars' interior. That photo showed a new performance steering wheel that is crafted with leather and cut-and-sewn stitching. It features a 12 o'clock red racing stripe, carbon fiber trim, and a V-Series emblem. That emblem is designed to envoke nostalgia for Cadillac's championship-winning heritage on the track. Cadillac has designed the wheel with driver ergonomics as a priority.

The new models will feature V-Mode and a Performance Traction Management system that can be accessed on the left- and right-hand side of the wheel, respectively.

Additional buttons on the steering wheel are more typical to the General Motors lineup. They feature heated steering wheel, follow distance, cruise control, phone call/Bluetooth, and volume controls.

Each V-Series Blackwing model will feature a specially tuned chassis, vehicle control technologies, and engines. The models will be offered with a manual transmission.

The CT5-V Blackwing will be available starting in summer 2021. Expect pricing to be around the $60,000 mark.

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