The upcoming 2016 Mercedes E-Class saloon (codename: Mercedes W213) and 2016 Mercedes E-Class Estate (codename: Mercedes S213) have been spied testing in Europe, courtesy of YouTube channel walkoART. The test mules in the spy video leave little to the imagination; strong inspiration from the Mercedes S-Class and Mercedes C-Class is clearly evident.
The next-gen E-Class will have its world premiere at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG, confirmed last month.
The 2016 E-Class saloon and 2016 E-Class Estate will share the brand’s MRA platform (Modular Rear Architecture) with the C-Class. The saloon and estate will be followed by coupe and cabriolet versions as well as the AMG variants of all four body styles. The all-new model is said to be offered with a variety of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engine options as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Offering the plug-in hybrid powertrain is a part of the company’s plan to have ten plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2017. Powered by the plug-in hybrid powertrain, will be the E 350e, featuring a combination of a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor. It would have a pure electric driving range of 20 miles (32 km). The familiar 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission will be standard for both saloon and estate versions. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, but some models will be available with 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive.
One of the key highlights of the next-gen E-Class will be its capability of autonomous driving. Fully autonomous driving is out of question of course, but highway autonomous driving is expected to be offered with functions like autonomous acceleration, braking, lane changing and overtaking till electronically-limited speed. Self-parking is another features likely to be offered, though only in high-end models.
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