NEXT E-CLASS IN THE WORKS: Mercedes-Benz is testing what will become its fifth-generation E-Class. Image: Automedia
Mercedes-Benz engineers in Stuttgart, Germany are working on the automaker’s fifth-generation E Class.
Spy photographers spotted the next-generation model undergoing testing. The prototype can be seen sporting production head and taillights.
The E-Class will use the automaker’s MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform and is set to grow in size and shed weight courtesy of an aluminium structure. The mid-size luxury sedan is expected to have a longer wheelbase and improved rear passenger space.
The new E-Class line-up will be powered by three- and four-cylinder engines. rumour has it the automaker could be returning to straight six engines. As the new AMG twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 is made of two 2.0-litre four-cylinder AMG blocks, the straight six will share parts with the new engines.
GALLERY: 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The new E63 AMG will be powered by a new 4.0-litre V8 with all-wheel drive as an option, while the S model will also be offered.
The interior will draw inspiration from the new S-Class.
While the current E-Class has been around since 2010 though refreshed in 2014, the next-generation is expected to arrive in late 2015 or early 2016.