The best-laid plans of men and mice often go awry. But even by the usually chaotic standard of reality, the cancellation of one of the biggest car shows of the year came as a bit of a shock. But not to worry. As it turns out, this is the year 2020 and communication technologies are sufficiently advanced that we can almost pretend like the show actually went ahead. In time, perhaps we’ll look back at this as a breakthrough for virtual car launches. For now, though, let’s cover the cars that we would’ve looked at with our own eyes if we could.
At Mercedes-Benz, the big news is the new E-class. I say new, what I actually meant was a big update and facelift of the current generation. Most noticeable are the reworked lights front and rear, but most of the work has actually taken place inside the car. Mercedes claim the interior comfort has been increased and the car has been given a more modern and intelligent feel inside. The analog gauge cluster is now a thing of the past, with all cars receiving the digital dashboard which was previously optional. The E-class now also finally gets MBUX, which stands for the Mercedes-Benz User Experience, their latest multimedia system which also features an AI component. It has a 10.25 screen as standard with a larger 12.3 inch one available at extra cost.