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Video - 2016 Mercedes E-Class prototypes spotted testing

Snapshot: The much-awaited brand new 2016 Mercedes E-Class was caught on camera testing in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz's latest design language has been criticized by some people as they believe there isn’t enough differentiation between the models and as you can see, it seems to be the same case with the E-Class (W213 generation) which will look a lot like its brothers, the smaller C-Class and the flagship S-Class. The prototypes caught on camera in the attached footage were wearing a full body camouflage, but nevertheless it’s easy to notice the familiar design and also the slightly increased proportions.

Even though it will be a tad bigger, the 2016 Mercedes E-Class will go through an extensive diet as a result of using the same MRA platform as the C-Class. Expect a more spacious cabin with more room in the back for the passengers and also a larger trunk to haul additional cargo.

Daimler’s engineers are hard at work implementing the latest gizmos in the new mid-size sedan which will have full LED headlights with no less than 84 LEDs per cluster. It’s also getting a remote parking system accessible thanks to a smartphone app while those sitting on the rear seats will benefit from extra protection provided by the additional airbags mounted within the seatbelts.

Another interesting system set to debut in the 2016 E-Class is the latest generation adaptive cruise control that can establish the speed depending on the detected road signs. It will also boast adaptive steering which will enable the new E to follow the car up ahead even on the roads that are not marked.

The engines will largely be carried over from the aforementioned C-Class, but Mercedes-Benz might have an ace up its sleeve: a new family of straight-six units. The first of the bunch is rumored to be a twin-turbodiesel 2.9-liter with 313 bhp and there also might be a stronger quad turbo engine pushing out in excess of 400 bhp thanks to two electrically-driven turbochargers.

As far as the Mercedes-AMG E63 crown jewel, this will carry over the V8 twin-turbo 4.0-liter from the AMG GT and C63, but the engineers from Affalterbach will probably make some tweaks to boost power beyond its current highest state of tune: 510 bhp and 650 Nm.

It is believed the new E-Class Sedan will receive its world premiere in January 2016 at NAIAS in Detroit.

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