These new images follow a series of teaser shots that saw the new 2016 E-Class spied behind the company’s stylists, along with an official look at the big new Merc’s interior a week earlier.
The similarities include a larger and more softly curved grille flanked by a new bean-like headlight look, reaching back to a cabin with a tall glasshouse and subtle character lines.
At the back end, the E-Class boasts a long rear deck with a lightly upturned lip, flowing down to tall LED tail lamps that again mirror the styling that began with its S- and C-Class siblings.
All three models have played a key role in introducing new technologies to the Mercedes-Benz family, however, and the E-Class, with a unique display panel stretching across the dash in top-spec models, is no exception.
These images also offer a first clear look at the dash arrangement of lower-end models, with a wide centre display matched to a more conventional instrument cluster made up of two mechanical dials and a smaller information display.
This latest leak, published by German website Auto-Press, also claims to confirm the new E-Class sedan’s length at 4923mm on a 2939mm wheelbase - an increase of 44mm and 65mm over the current model.
Depending on the market, powertrains in the new E-Class range are expected to include a range of petrol and diesel engines, along with a plug-in hybrid variant.
Those will include 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engines - the latter reportedly producing 143kW and returning fuel consumption figures of around 3.9L/100km - along with a 205kW 2.0-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid model.
Top-shelf AMG models will headline the range, and while details are still to come, we can likely expect power to come from Mercedes-AMG’s new twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8.
Outputs will reportedly reach beyond 447kW in top E63 S form - likely the only variant of the E63 that we’ll see in Australia.
Watch for the new E-Class to make its official debut at next week’s Detroit auto show.
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