2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Redesign and Spy Shots

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was spied while undergoing cold-weather testing in Europe. The test mule wore camouflage over its entire body, but we can still get some insights from the prototype though. The luxury sedan is expected to adopt curvy lines on its bodywork, resembling what we see on the C-Class and S-Class.

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Prototype

Underpinning the new E-Class will be the same shared MRA platform as the new C-Class. This new platform is not only lighter than the one currently used by the E-Class, but it is also more rigid thanks to its utilization of aluminium in its construction.

Exterior

They’re based on spy shots of heavily disguised prototypes, which reveal a slight increase in size for the executive model. This marginal growth spurt is down to the new rear-wheel-drive MRA platform, which currently underpins the new C-Class and S-Class. As a result, the lightweight architecture will not only unlock a new and sportier dimension, but boost passenger space inside, too.

As you can see, the new saloon’s link with the larger S-Class won’t stop at the mechanicals, as svelte new exterior styling is also on the cards. Far more swooping, curvy lines are set to replace the current model’s more angular panels and tight surfaces.

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Prototype Side View

Interior

One key point of difference however is that the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class won’t make use of two large 12.3-inch displays for the infotainment system and gauge cluster. Alternatively, it makes use of more traditional gauges with a smaller screen incorporated into the dashboard bucking the firm’s recent trend of mounting its COMAND systems on top of the dash.

Powertrain

The new E-Class will also benefit from a nine-speed automatic transmission, which has already been made available on the 2015 CLS-Class and versions of the E-Class sold overseas. We’ve also heard that a straight-six engine will be offered on the new E-Class. This will be a modular design, allowing it to share components and production lines with smaller four- and three-cylinder units also in the works. A similar strategy has already been employed by BMW. There will also be a high-performance E63 AMG variant, which has also been spied. It will adopt AMG’s new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8.

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Prototype Rear View

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Release Date and Price

Latest reports are indicating that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan will hit the market first in late 2015 or early 2016, other models like coupe, estate and cabrio will follow after. Look for pricing details to be announced near the launch timing. Stay tuned for future updates as they become available.

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