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SPIED! Mercedes W212 E-Class Facelift: Renders, Spyshots, Etc

Discussion in 'Mercedes-Benz E-Class' started by LaArtist, Feb 9, 2012.

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  1. Athan

    Athan Active Member

    Every change past the front feels, I can go with. The car still retains its boxy design and is coherent. However, everything up front, the bumper, grille, and headlights look very soft compared to everything going on behind it. Even the alloy wheels are a straight edged design. I will definitely miss the quad fascia. I guess what I will end up doing is buying a 2013 model and try to retrofit the FL interior into it. Now if that were the facelift instead, oh what perfection it would have been.

    Even from something simple like watching E-Class commercials. The car looks so stately and commanding and quite simply just makes the commercial. Take for example these two:

    I don't think the facelifted W212 can pull off what the pre-facelift did on campaigns. The first commercial, especially, gives me goosebumps. I think it's MBUSA's greatest one ever created. It's powerful just like the car itself.
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    • K-A

      K-A Banned

      Absolutely. No design harmony or coherency in respect to that. I love one-volume looks, a testament for a sort of design strategy employed. When designers start mashing up round and then boxy elements so closely on a car, it's clear they aren't designing coherency of a "language", they aren't "telling a story" with a design. They're throwing every trend onto a canvas to hope that something sticks.
    • Athan

      Athan Active Member

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      • yzbenz

        yzbenz Well-Known Member

        facelift E
        do you like ?

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        • Giannis

          Giannis Global Moderator / Editor Staff Member

          Oh wow! Where did you find those?
        • Athan

          Athan Active Member

          WOW, that looks crazy.
        • Yaz

          Yaz Well-Known Member

          Those look legit. Need to see more.
        • Mr. Mercedes

          Mr. Mercedes Well-Known Member

          It's such a departure from the pre-facelifted car I think more photos and a long period of digestion will be necessary.
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        • bombardier01

          bombardier01 Well-Known Member

          WOW! I think it's a nice improvement especially for the side profile & interior. Looking good!(y)
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          • HighestOfHigh

            HighestOfHigh Global Moderator Staff Member

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          • shonguiz

            shonguiz Well-Known Member

            The new headlights is very organic, much less edgy than before and yet somehow, it feels very well incorporated with the rest of the car. First impressions are good.
          • -=Hot|Ice=-

            -=Hot|Ice=- Well-Known Member

            Love it! Let the 'lines' b*tching begin.
          • Mr. Mercedes

            Mr. Mercedes Well-Known Member

            No, your wrong Hot Ice. The bitching is going to be about the melding of organic and angular design idioms. ;)
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            • rurella

              rurella Active Member Premium Member

              Very nice update, much improved.
            • PHYBENZ

              PHYBENZ Well-Known Member

              Sports grill is pretty ugle. I like the luxury grill, mimicks the new S Class grill.
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              • Athan

                Athan Active Member

                W212 PreFL vs FL.
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                • DocM

                  DocM Well-Known Member

                  This is horrible quite frankly , it doesn't flow!! Benz is destroying their line up, the CLS lost its sleekness, the SL has an oversized bonnet, the slk is simply butt ugly , and lets not even look at the GL or GLK!!!
                  Looking back , the last time Benz got the e-class right was the W124
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                  • DexterMorgan

                    DexterMorgan Active Member

                    I disagree. MB's aren't very photogenic. I'd like to see one in person but from what I can tell, this is what the E-class should have been from the beginning!
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                    • Merc1

                      Merc1 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

                      Oh god man you're ridiculous. That was 30 years ago, get with modern times.

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                      • K-A

                        K-A Banned

                        Sports grille is hideous. Headlights are way too distracting and overdone to where they won't age good.

                        The front looks like a totally different car. Bye bye resale of pre-facelift, thanks to lousy timeless mapping by M-B designers.

                        Edit: Sides lost some flair by changing the Ponton lines, yet it looks more straightforward and easy to digest, yet lacks character.

                        The rear looks as plain and straightforward as the pre-facelfit I think, maybe a little more due to more monochromatic tones.
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