This could be the steering wheel used on all future Mercedes models.
Following months of spy shots, Mercedes-Benz finally released official photos of the E-Class facelift, set to arrive as a 2021 model. The prototype car was shown off in Las Vegas, Nevada still covered in camouflage, hiding an updated front and rear-end design. Mercedes will introduce several new plug-in hybrid variants for 2021 as well as mild-hybrid variants like a 268-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 362-hp 3.0-liter six-cylinder.
Mercedes only released photos of the exterior but gave a few media outlets the chance to drive the new car around Las Vegas. Autogefuhl made a video of the experience, giving us our first in-depth look at the interior of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
All E-Class variants will include two 10.25-inch displays as standard. One will function as a gauge cluster while the other handles traditional infotainment duties. This isn't completely new, as many Mercedes models already use this two-screen setup. But how you interact with these screens has been updated for this 2021 E-Class.
The central screen can still be controlled with the MBUX touchpad, the touchscreen, or by voice while Mercedes has included an updated steering wheel with new controls. This is likely the company's new steering wheel design that will see use in the next-generation S-Class and other upcoming models.
As with the old wheel, this new one features a touchpad on the left spoke to control the gauge cluster screen and a touchpad on the right spoke to control the central infotainment screen. The cruise control buttons have been rearranged on the left side of the wheel while controls for the phone, audio, and voice command sit on the right. Mercedes already had one of the best interiors on the market and with the latest improvements to the E-Class, it looks like that wonderful cabin is about to get even better. Expect the 2021 E-Class to debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March.