NEXT E-CLASS IN THE WORKS: The new E-Class could be launched towards the end of 2015 or early 2016. Image: Automedia
Mercedes-Benz is working on its fifth-generation E-Class. Spy photos reveal the new luxury sedan undergoing high-speed testing at Germany’s Nurburgring.
The cars will share the same 'modular rear architecture' platform as the C-Class though the new car could be larger than the current model - but much lighter thanks to extensive use of aluminium. The mid-size luxury sedan is expected to have a longer wheelbase, which will be translated into extra passenger space.
Powering the new E-Class will be new three- and four-cylinder engines though rumours persist that the automaker could return to straight-sixes - just like the new AMG twin-turbo 4.0 V8 is made of two 2.0 four-cylinder AMG blocks, the straight-six will share parts with the three-cylinders.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Speaking of the AMG, the performance version will be powered by the new 4.0 V8 in the next E63 AMG. Once again, the Affalterbach machine will receive all-wheel drive as an option and an S version will be offered.
The interior will borrow elements from the 2015 C-Class and the flagship S-Class.
The new E-Class could be launched towards the end of 2015 - perhaps early 2016.