You probably have seen your fair share of spy images with the next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213), but today we bring interesting footage concerning a long wheelbase version which could receive the Maybach nameplate. It was spotted testing somewhere in Germany and will likely come out sometime in 2017 taking into account the regular E-Class will be out next year.
We don’t know for sure at this point whether this will indeed be a Maybach-branded E-Class or just a regular long wheelbase model. It should be mentioned the outgoing E is available with a stretched wheelbase exclusively in China, but the next gen is set to become a global model and as this prototype shows it will have the third side windows mounted after the C pillars.
Needless to say, the extended length between the front and rear axle will enable a significantly more spacious interior cabin that will provide additional room especially for rear passengers. If this will bear the Maybach name, expect to find two individual rear seats and a lot more luxurious features as seen in the bigger and more expensive Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
We are very curious to find out the model’s price taking into account it will likely be close to the standard wheelbase S-Class. In addition, chances are the price gap between the two won’t be very big so it will be interesting to see how many people will go for the E-Class LWB or pay more for the S-Class SWB. The Daimler-owned company obviously has a clever strategy planned so the longer E-Class probably won’t cannibalize sales of the more luxurious and bigger S-Class that is of course the crown jewel for Mercedes-Benz.
Besides the standard and long wheelbase models, the next-gen E-Class will also spawn the usual wagon, coupe and cabriolet body styles. All of the versions - with the exception of the Maybach - are set to receive the AMG treatment, but that will come a bit later in each of the model’s lifecycle. The standard E-Class W213 is expected to arrive at NAIAS in Detroit in January 2016.