Mercedes E-Class Prototype Spied

A heavily-camouflaged prototype of the next-gen Mercedes E-Class undergoing testing was recently spied

by  John Clark  | 


A heavily-camouflaged prototype of the next-gen Mercedes E-Class undergoing testing was recently spied by the photogs at

This is our first look at the forthcoming executive saloon’s new bodywork, and despite the disguise, it’s clear the BMW 5-Series and Jaguar XF rival will more or less carry over the current model’s dimensions, albeit with a slightly longer wheelbase.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Spied Testing

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Spied Testing

Styling changes look set to follow a similarly conservative approach, building on the S-Class-inspired design cues added as part of a 2012 facelift, and including a wider, thinner grille and scooped-out intakes.

Mercedes will push the boat out elsewhere though, and is set to fit the E-Class with an interior based on that found in the stylish new C-Class. It will also share the manufacturer’s lightweight MRA rear-wheel drive platform with the updated small executive car. This architecture is around 50 per cent aluminium, and should help cut the overall kerbweight, improving dynamics and efficiency.

The E-Class range – once again set to feature an estate, coupe and cabriolet alongside the saloon – will likewise benefit from a revised engine line-up. A new E63 AMG flagship is expected as part of this, and looks set to share AMG’s all-new 4.0-litre V8, a twin-turbo petrol engine that debuts in the upcoming Mercedes AMG GT.

Aside from confirming the new E-Class will arrive in 2016, Mercedes is keeping further launch and spec details firmly under wraps for the time being.

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