The upcoming next-generation 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been spied under heavy camouflage during its latest round of testing.

Underpinning the new E-Class will be the same shared MRA platform as the new C-Class. This new platform is not only lighter than the one currently used by the E-Class, but it is also more rigid thanks to its utilisation of aluminium in its construction.

Under the hood, a few key changes are predicted. First and foremost, there is a suggestion that a host of new engines are being tested for the new C-Class including a few inline-six cylinder engines.

Mercedes-Benz has quite a rich history of using inline-six cylinder engines but they were eventually phased out by the brand in the mid-1990s. However, the return of the inline-six cylinder engines will mark an awesome return to Mercedes heritage of the past and is sure to be a hit among many Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts and aficionados out there.

The new inline-six cylinder engine from Mercedes-Benz, no matter of its displacement, will then spawn brand new four-cylinder and three-cylinder engines for the brand and the new E-Class will likely be the first Mercedes-Benz model to debut this inline-six.

Alongside the new engines, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be significantly lighter than the outgoing model and could conceivable lose around 100 kg.

As for the next-generation 2017 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, it will ditch the 5.5-litre biturbo V8 of the current car and utilise the firm’s new 4.0-litre biturbo V8 set to debut on the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. In the AMG GT, it will be tuned to deliver at least 503 hp and when fitted into the next-gen C 63 AMG should deliver in the region of 450-480 hp. By comparison, it is likely that the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG will receive upwards of 550 hp.

[Via Motor Authority]


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