The interior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been revealed today, marking the first official preview of the German carmaker’s new-generation large car.

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A glance at the new E-Class dash reveals few surprises, with the car’s interior designers following the lead of its exterior stylists in taking their cues from the popular new C-Class and big S-Class limousine.

That means a broad leather-wrapped and wood-finished or woven metal dash design, with silver-trimmed vent rings and gloss black accents. That theme continues into the wide centre console, again trimmed in wood or gloss black, with silver highlights.

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The standout feature, and the focus of Mercedes-Benz’s communications today, is the huge infotainment and instrument display made up of not one but two 12.3-inch screens.

Those monster displays will appear only in high-spec models, however, with lower-end variants making do with conventional speedometer and tachometer gauges either side of a seven-inch multi-information display, along with an 8.4-inch display in the centre of the dash.

Mercedes-Benz has also claimed a first for the automotive industry, adding a pair of touchpads to the steering wheel controls that allow certain on-screen functions to be controlled and menus to be navigated through by swiping as one would on a laptop touchpad or a smartphone screen.

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Handily, the sensitivity of the touchpads can be adjusted to suit personal preference - again like a laptop - allowing the on-screen movement to be set to slower of faster speeds.

The addition of the thumb touchpads allow for greater control of the new E-Class’s functions, in many ways replacing the Comand controller that still lives in the centre console - both for familiarity and as an access point for passengers.

The carmaker has also put major emphasis on the seats of its new E-Class, shaped with inspiration - so Mercedes-Benz says - from the human physique. There’s also three style and design looks for the seats, developed for the AvantGarde, Exclusive and AMG trim lines. A diamond-patterned look, inspired by the S-Class, will also be offered.

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Mercedes-Benz has also used this opportunity to highlight one of the new E-Class’s external features: new LED High Performance and MultiBeam LED headlights.

Both are intended to give the E-Class a more distinctive light signature, while the MultiBeam LED system will also feature ILS (Intelligent Light System) and Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus.

The new E-Class has been spied testing extensively in recent months, with November bringing the first images of an almost fully revealed prototype touring the streets of Germany.

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A global debut for the new large sedan is set for the Detroit auto show in January, with an Australian launch expected to occur in the second half of 2016.