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2016 Mercedes E-Class prototype spied

Snapshot: An amateur spy photographer has caught on camera a fully camouflaged prototype of the next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Codenamed W213, the new mid-size sedan from Daimler will carry over the MRA platform of the smaller C-Class and this new architecture should come with some considerable weight savings (up to 150 kg) even though the new E-Class will be a bit bigger than the outgoing version.

The full disguise on this prototype doesn’t allow us to see any of the design but suffice it to say it will share many similarities with the C-Class and S-Class so expect a more curvaceous body that should be appealing to a younger customer base. By growing in size, the new E-Class will also feature a more spacious interior cabin as a result of the extended wheelbase which will bring more room especially for rear passengers.

It is not known at this point whether the dashboard will be derived from the C-Class or the S-Class, but chances are Mercedes-Benz is trying to make the new E-Class more premium so they will likely use an adaptation of the S-Class interior.

Semi-autonomous technology is believed to make its debut for a Mercedes-Benz model on the 2016 E-Class which is expected to be powered by a newly developed straight-six twin-turbodiesel 2.9-liter engine. This motor should have 313 bhp and will be joined by a more powerful version with four turbochargers, two of which will be electrically-driven. This quad-turbo E-class diesel is estimated to offer a total power of more than 400 bhp.

The engine lineup should also include a new four-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbodiesel with 122 bhp while a hybrid version is expected to join the range by combining a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with an 82 bhp electric motor, but nothing is official at this point.

After the release of the sedan, Mercedes-Benz will launch the more practical wagon variant which will be followed by a long wheelbase sedan for select markets. The E-Class coupe and cabriolet are also set to receive a new generation, along with the new CLS which might be renamed CLE to further illustrate its similarity in size with the E-Class upon which it will be largely based.

Mercedes-Benz India will launch the next generation E-Class Sedan in the second half of 2016 and will go up against arch rivals Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series.

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