A new prototype for the next-generation, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been spied testing under heavy camouflage. Due to the camouflage on every panel of this particular test mule, it seems likely that under all of it, is the car’s production spec body.

Previous 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class prototypes have been spied under the shell of a modified C-Class with the only real giveaway being the lengthened wheelbase. The fact that prototypes are now testing in their own E-Class skin obviously indicates that development is progressing.

While very few of the design elements of the car can be seen, the overall shape looks curvier than the current E-Class and it will inevitably feature more shapely headlights and taillights.

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.

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.

[Via Carscoops]

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