It has been confirmed that the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class will make its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show 2016 in early January. Set to borrow a number of technologies from the class-leading S-Class, the new E-Class is shaping up to be the more advanced model in the mid-size premium sedan market.
Visually, the new E-Class will look very similar to the existing C-Class and S-Class models. Consequently, it will make use of a similar grille as well as headlights reminiscent from its sedan brethren and a selection of other current Mercedes-Benz E-Class models.
Underpinning the new E-Class will be the same MRA platform as the C-Class. Thanks to the new underpinnings alone, the 2016 E-Class is expected to weigh about 100 kg less than the outgoing model.
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.