The redesign of a vehicle like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class doesn’t attract quite the same level of attention as that afforded to the recent debut of the next-generation S-Class. This isn't necessarily a knock against the mid-size Mercedes-Benz sedan, but more of an indication of just how much of a segment leader the German brand's full-size flagship truly is. In reality, much of the S-Class' vaunted technology and refinement eventually trickles down to the next-in-line E-Class, which means that even though it doesn't garner as many accolades it still benefits from the investment poured into its more senior sibling.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC reveals just how accelerated the luxury development cycle has become, as it brings forth a host of safety gear that just a few years ago would have been restricted exclusively to a car in the S-Class' price range. It also gains a number of styling tweaks intended to burnish its image amongst luxury shoppers and expands its drivetrain availability to compete harder against the likes of the Audi A6 and the BMW 5 Series. Underneath it all, however, there sits the same E-Class that Mercedes-Benz fans have come to know and love - a vehicle that knows the best way to popular appeal is to take the widest possible path.