Next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class is getting closer to the reveal date, with the prototypes currently in very little camouflage.
It is expected to be revealed in 2023 as a 2024 model.
Our spy photographers captured this sedan’s test drive, wearing only camouflage on the front and rear, and revealing undisguised sides.
The electronic class is the middle child of Mercedes-Benz’s trio of internal combustion engine, rear-wheel drive/all-wheel drive sedans. The new generation will follow the redesign WORLD RANGE launch locally in 2021 and new version Grade released this year.
As we’ve seen with the latest C-Class and S-Class, the next E-Class features cleaner side panels with more subtle creases located higher up in the body.
Expect front and rear styling to closely resemble its larger and smaller brethren.
While Mercedes-Benz previously distinguished the E-Class with two headlights on each side or styled the LED daytime running lights to emulate this, this motif was largely dropped with the facelift. 2020.
The interior is also expected to closely resemble the C-Class and S-Class, with a large vertical touchscreen display.
The coupe and convertible lines will be discontinued, with a new line of coupes and convertibles – possibly called CLE – generic replacement for all two-door C-Class and E-Class models.
One wagon is set to continue, at least in other markets, and has been tracked; but the body style is dropped here in 2021 when Mercedes-Benz discontinues production of the premium All-Terrain.
Diesel engines are also set to continue, but they are also phased out in Australia in 2021.
Expect a range of 48V mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains but no electric options, with that role in the Mercedes lineup being served by balance.
It’s unclear whether the E-Class will follow the smaller C-Class offering only four-cylinder powertrains on both the core and AMG lines.
Currently, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is offered with three turbocharged four-cylinder engine options, one of which is paired with a plug-in hybrid system.
Stepping up to the AMG range, however, you get a turbocharged inline-six in the E53 and a twin-turbo V8 in the E63.
The E-Class’ arch-rival is BMW Series 5, also about to enter a new generation. Prototypes of the new 5 Series have been tested ahead of the expected launch in 2023.