Pictures of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class have leaked online together with a set of details. The photos reveal a car which shares much of its design with the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class; not a bad thing in our opinion. The executive sedan is expected to to debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show which opens on 11 January 2016.

Mercedes-Benz already released a number of teasers, including a full photo of the E-Class interior. However, these photos are the first time we get to see the exterior fully uncovered, a major leak by all accounts.

The W213 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is expected to use the new MRA platform which debuted in the S-Class and has since been used for the C-Class. The wheelbase is apparently 65 mm wider and 43 mm longer. A low drag coefficient of 0.23 helps reduce wind noise and increases comfort.

One of the biggest changes relates to the availability of engines. Mercedes-Benz inline-six engines are expected to replace the current V6 engines together with a new four-cylinder diesel engines. The photos reveal the E400 4Matic and the E220d, we assume both will be available from launch. An E200, fitted with a four-cylinder gasoline engine will also be available. Various sources are suggesting that the only gearbox at the launch will be the 9G-Tronic automatic. After launch, expect a hybrid E350e and an E63 AMG to appear.

The interior will be further detailed later this week and will feature two 12.3-inch screens, wireless charging and energy-saving LED’s. Entry level models will get smaller screens. The screens will be highly customisable with a choice of looks, ranging from classic, sport and progressive. For more info on the interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, take a look at our earlier article.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior

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