You can’t keep anything secret these days…
Ahead of its official unveiling at the Detroit Motor Show later this month, images of the all-new model leaked out on to the internet.
Taking styling cues from both the smaller C-Class and larger S-Class, the new E-Class is larger than the current model with a prominent grille and a sloping boot lid that kicks up to form a subtle spoiler.
Despite the extra bulk, the car should be some 100kg lighter than the outgoing model thanks to weight saving found in the ‘MRA’ chassis. Aerodynamic efficiency was vital during development, with the saloon having an exceptionally low 0.23Cd figure.
Engines are likely to remain broadly as they are now, with the trusty 2.1-litre diesel being a company car driver favourite. A low-tax plug-in hybrid option will follow, as will an estate, coupe and convertible options.
The interior, also revealed in the leak, follows current Mercedes design thinking, with a smooth and contoured centre stack leading up to an integrated LCD screen alongside a fully digital instrument panel.
Technology continues outside the car, with a smartphone app able to act as a key for the car, while remote parking system will allow you to step out of the car and watch it park itself.
The new Mercedes E-Class is expected to arrive in the UK this summer.