The next-generation 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is getting an early reveal thanks to these spy photos that show the luxury sedan with barely any camouflage. As we expected, the midsize E-Class shares its basic design ethos with the smaller C-Class and larger S-Class sedans, with a rounded profile and familiar-looking front and rear fascias.
This W213 generation of the E-Class is expected to debut early next year, possibly at the 2016 Detroit auto show in January. Compared to the current E-Class sedan’s upright profile, the new version looks to adopt a more streamlined look. A two-bar grille up front is flanked by ovoid headlights, and a gently curved character line runs along the sides of the car. The greenhouse is rounded, the trunklid is relatively short, and the D-shaped rear taillights look similar to those on the C-Class sedan. Because the latest C-Class grew larger to accommodate the entry-level CLA, expect the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class to also expand its footprint.
We also know plenty about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan’s technical details. As we reported last year, the E-Class will usher in a new family of inline six-cylinder engines to replace the company’s current V-6 engines. A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder will be offered in various states of tune, with some versions ranging up to 400 hp. A turbodiesel version of the inline-six is also expected to be offered, along with several hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. The inevitable AMG variant will likely use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the C63 and AMG GT models.
Mercedes-Benz also detailed several of the E-Class sedan’s new tech features earlier this year. Several new technologies, including remote parking, collision sound mitigation, high-resolution LED headlights, and the ability to use a smartphone as a key, will debut on the new E-Class.
Stay tuned to hear more information about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class leading up to its debut, and check out the gallery of spy photos in the meantime.