Night Falls As The Sun Sets On The Mercedes E-Class
As spy photos of the replacement for the aging W213 sedan and wagon circulate along with word that the E-Class and C-Class coupes and cabriolets are set to morph into the upcoming CLE, Mercedes is attempting to lure E-Class buyers with the new Night Edition appearance package. Offering an appearance that effortlessly blends luxury with aggressive design touches, the folks in Stuttgart seem intent on sending the E-Class out in style.
Not to be confused with the Night Package, the new Night Edition builds on both it and the AMG Line appearance package upgrades already part of the E-Class options sheet. Available on non-AMG 2022 models, buyers will be able to select the latest kit regardless of which body style they choose. The first releases will be of the coupe and cabriolet variety, with dealers in Europe already taking requests for July deliveries.
Those who prefer a sedan and wagon won’t have long to wait with the order books set to open on May 17, but there’s no word yet on whether we’ll see the Night Edition in the North American market.
Does the E-Class Night Edition only come in black?
Although Mercedes has created limited production run cars with restrictions on color, prospective Mercedes Night Edition buyers will be pleased to note that they have complete flexibility when it comes to both engine choice and paint color. However, the cost will vary depending on your choice of drive system and body configuration. In Europe, the upcharge will set you back between €5,295 and €9,222, which equates to somewhere in the neighborhood of US $5,600 to $9,700.
Let’s say I decide to take the plunge…what sets it apart from “lesser” E-Class models?
From the outside, onlookers will be impressed by the execution of a number of exclusive exterior design details that are, not surprisingly, finished with dark accents. The diamond pattern front grille is accented by its black pins, and the fenders are adorned with unique “Night Edition” badges to let the world know you splurged.
Around back, the coupe and cabriolet receive a black rear spoiler, and the rear of the sedan and wagon body styles will also offer their own gloss black finishing touches. Black tailpipe trim lends an aggressive undertone to the overall appearance, while AMG light-alloy wheels finished in high-gloss black on each corner complete the look.
Reminders that you’re driving a Night Edition extend to the interior.
The design team succeeded in ensuring the dark theme continued to the passenger compartment. The center console is fitted with open-pore black ash wood offset by dark aluminum, while a polished aluminum Night Edition badge with gloss black letters is a thoughtful touch. The heated front seats are wrapped in standard man-made Artico and Dinamica microfiber, but those who prefer real hides will be able to tick the options box for leather.
Other notable interior design touches include a black headliner and illuminated door sills with Mercedes-Benz lettering. Even the floor mats have been given the Night Edition treatment, with the logo embroidered as yet another reminder that this E-Class is a cut above.
For some automotive enthusiasts it’s not enough to have the latest performance or luxury model. These owners are looking for a way to differentiate their car, whether it be with a top-line factory option package or in some cases, full-fledged customization.
Considering the price of admission, we’ll be interested to see how well-received the new package ends up being. Should buyers who aren’t looking for a full-on AMG vehicle show significant interest in this new design offering, perhaps we’ll be seeing the treatment on more Mercedes models.
Tom Bennett covers premium German automotive brand news at Torque News and has had a lifelong obsession with cars, spending more than his share of time in, around, (and frequently under the hood of) a wide variety of vehicles. His eclectic taste in cars has led to the ownership of a steady procession of vehicles from nearly every mainstream brand over the past 3 decades. After working in and writing about the foreign exchange industry for over 20 years, he is excited to be shifting gears to share his passion for all things automotive. You can follow Tom on LinkedIn and Twitter for daily automotive news.