Ahead of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class’s debut sometime next year, another spy video has been posted online. This clip shows off a particularly interesting E-Class model painted in brown and adorned with almost no camouflage.
As a matter of fact, the only ‘camo’ adorning this test mule comes in the form of some black cladding on the front bumper and grille and the rear bumper. The redesigned headlights and taillights have then been covered in black sticky tape. Despite these elements, this next-gen E-Class prototype is certainly the most exposed we’ve seen to date.
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.
Elsewhere, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class will mark the German firm’s return to inline-six cylinder engines in favour of V6s (excluding the aforementioned V6 hybrid model). The inline-sixers will be offered in petrol and diesel forms with the first pinned to be a 2.9-litre diesel engine delivering 313 hp when combined with two turbochargers. An additional version of this engine will be offered with four turbochargers two of which will be electrically-driven units to improve efficiency.