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Video - 100 next-gen Mercedes E-Class prototypes spied

Snapshot: No less than 100 near-production E-Class W213 prototypes have been caught on camera.

What we have here is by far our best unofficial look at the next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213) which can be seen here in no less than 100 prototypes of pre-production units, some of which have barely any camouflage on them. This means the Daimler-owned marque has already commenced the pre-production phase for its mid-size sedan, so an official reveal is nearby.

If we were to describe the car’s exterior styling, it’s a mixture between the C-Class and the S-Class, so there’s really nothing new to talk about as the model will employ the company’s latest design language. We are not entirely sure, but the car appears to be slightly longer than the outgoing model as the wheelbase appears to be stretched a little bit, thus granting more room inside the cabin where the rear passengers will get to enjoy the extra legroom.

Speaking of the interior, the dashboard layout is expected to have more in common with the S-Class rather than the C-Class, as in previous spy images and videos the prototypes had the same dual screen layout of the more expensive model.

In terms of underpinnings, the new E-Class will use the MRA platform of its smaller sibling and this will enable a serious weight loss even though as we mentioned the new mid-size sedan will be a tad bigger than before. There’s also going to be a long wheelbase version which could actually be labeled as a Mercedes-Maybach E-Class model, so expect this one to have a substantially more luxurious interior cabin with individual rear seats and plenty of equipment.

The sedan will be the first to come out and is going to be shortly followed by the wagon while the coupe and cabriolet models will come out most likely in 2017y. We’ve also been hearing rumors about a rugged wagon version with a jacked up suspension in the same vein as the Audi A6 allroad quattro, but that won’t be out right away.

Mercedes-Benz will stage the world premiere of the sedan in January 2016 at NAIAS in Detroit, but an online reveal could occur this December.

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