Mercedes-Benz USA will launch a new variant of the E-Class for the 2020 model year, according to a new report.
The American publication claims the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will be boosted to 255hp (190kW), up 14hp (10kW) on the outgoing model. Torque, meanwhile, is set to remain at 273lb-ft (370Nm),
Drive will be sent to the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic as standard, with 4Matic all-wheel drive available as an option, as per the current model.
As for performance, it's expected the additional grunt should make an incremental improvement over the current E300, which claims to accelerate from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in 6.2 seconds.
The company is yet to make an official announcement at this stage.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Mercedes-Benz's local product communications manager, Ryan Lewis, said: "We take a keen interest in new developments within the model ranges we offer in Australia, but at this stage there’s no news I’m able to confirm regarding additional E-Class variants for our market".
In Australia the current range kicks off with the E200 (from $92,600) which is powered by a 145kW/320Nm version of the company's 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.