A selection of new next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class spy shots have surfaced as testing and development of the luxurious German sedan continues. As with previously spied test mules, this particular car features heavy camouflage but some points of difference between it and the current model are still visible.
At the rear, it is clear that the 2018 E-Class will be installed with taillights baring similarities to those from the range-topping S-Class. Additionally, it features sleek dual exhaust pipes reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate. Also from a styling standpoint, the car will be adorned with new front and rear bumpers as well as a revised front grille and redesigned headlights.
It is suggested that the next-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class will feature semi-autonomous driving functionalities and have the capacity to park itself remotely from the owner’s smartphone. Additionally, the gesture control system being developed for the next S-Class will reportedly debut in the new E-Class. Elsewhere, an exceptionally advanced heads-up display system is likely to be made available for the next-gen E-Class to further distinguish it from its direct rival, the BMW 5-Series.
Powertrain wise, it is suggested that three different plug-in hybrid variants of the next-gen E-Class could be offered. The first will utilise a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine joined with an 82 hp electric motor. A 3.0-litre V6 combined with a 109 hp electric motor will also be offered while the third hybrid is expected to use a yet-unconfirmed diesel engine and electric motor pairing.