The Daimler-owned marque is taking us by surprise with these images depicting the body of next year’s highly anticipated E-Class Sedan (W213 generation) which as you can see will look very much like its brothers, the C-Class and S-Class. If you will have to be a true Mercedes-Benz fan to visually distinguish the models from one another and we are certain many are already criticizing the German automaker for coming out with very similar designs.
We already have comprehensive details concerning the mid-size sedan which is set to grow in size a little bit to distance itself from the C-Class from where it will borrow the MRA platform that is expected to bring a healthy weight loss, despite the car’s slightly higher footprint. The interior cabin is set to borrow many bits and pieces from the larger and more luxurious S-Class, so the new E will effectively be a blend of the C and S.
It will likely use uprated engines sourced from the C-Class, but there are also some new ones on the agenda such as a rumored 1.6-liter motor developed in house as Mercedes-Benz has plans to stop sourcing the entry-level diesel from Renault. Speaking of diesel, we are hearing rumors concerning the possibility of a new range of straight-six turbodiesels with twin- and quad-turbo setups. Later during the car’s life cycle, a new range-topping E63 will join the party with an upgraded iteration of the V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo taken from the AMG GT and the C63.
Those who value comfort more than power should wait for the more luxurious long wheelbase version which we talked about last week and that one might actually be sold as a Mercedes-Maybach E-Class. Besides this new derivative, the W213 generation could also stand as foundation for a rugged wagon version in the same vein as the Audi A6 allroad quattro and apparently it is scheduled to come out sometime in 2017.
As for the regular sedan, it will be unveiled in January next year at the Detroit Motor Show in United States and will be followed several months later by the wagon. These two body styles will be joined later on by the usual coupe and cabriolet body styles, along with the aforementioned LWB and allroad-like models.