2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class range to be slashed for new model next year

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The E-Class will be the next Mercedes-Benz model to axe the majority of the model range – including the plug-in hybrid – for its next generation due in 2024.

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The 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class line-up will be slashed to one petrol model grade – and one body style – when it arrives in Australia early next year.

Government certification documents seen by Drive show Mercedes-Benz has filed to approve just one version of the new E-Class for sale in Australia so far, the petrol E300.

It is a significant rationalisation from the current model range, which includes up to 10 variants when all three body styles – sedan, coupe and cabriolet – and E200, E300, E350, AMG E53 and AMG E63 specification grades are included.

Even when these are excluded, buyers can currently choose from three non-AMG E-Class sedan variants: E200, E350 and E300e, the lattermost a plug-in hybrid.

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The E-Class is the second new-generation Mercedes-Benz to undergo such a dramatic shrinking of its model range following the latest GLC mid-size SUV, which – excluding AMG performance versions – is sold in a single GLC300 model grade in ‘wagon’ and Coupe body styles.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, however they are expected to increase beyond the $133,370 plus on-road costs of the new E300’s most direct predecessor, the E350.

The cheapest model today – the E200 sedan – is priced from $105,569 before on-road costs.

As previously reported, the new E-Class wagon – including its All-Terrain high-riding variation – will once again not be sold in Australia, after the All-Terrain was dropped in 2020, and the regular wagon was axed in 2015 with the predecessor to today’s soon-to-be-replaced model.

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Meanwhile the E-Class coupe and cabriolet – as well as the C-Class coupe and cabriolet – have been merged into a single model for their latest generations, known as the CLE, which is due in local showrooms in 2024.

High-performance AMG versions of the new E-Class sedan are expected to follow, however there is a chance only a new E53 will be offered – with six-cylinder plug-in hybrid power – without a new E63.

Details of the E300 for Australia are yet to be revealed, however the government documents confirm it will include a 48-volt mild-hybrid system capable of providing a 17kW boost under hard acceleration.

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It is not clear if it will be less powerful than the 190kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in the E350 announced overseas – or if the E300 is simply the Australian name for the overseas E350.

A range of four-cylinder diesel and six-cylinder petrol engines are offered in Europe – plus a less powerful four-cylinder petrol engine, and various four-cylinder petrol and diesel plug-in hybrids – but none appear to be bound for Australia.

For everything you need to know about the new E-Class – dimensions, interior design, technology and safety features – click here to read our unveiling story published earlier this year.

When asked to confirm the local E-Class model range, a Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesperson told Drive: “We can’t confirm details on model variants until launch.”

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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