The forthcoming, sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been spied once again ahead of its expected reveal this year.
Although this spied E-Class prototype might look similar to previously spied examples, our spy photographers were able to capture a particular design element for the first time: a new LED light strip.
The strip runs across the top of the grille, and is a design element that has previously been reserved for Mercedes-Benz’s EQ range of electric vehicles (EVs).
It’s also similar to what Volkswagen has added to a number of its vehicle, amid a wider industry design trend.
It’s unclear if this front LED strip will be standard across the E-Class range, or if it will be an optional feature.
Leaked images of the E-Class’ front end without camouflage have previously appeared online, albeit with tape covering where the light strip sits.
Other design elements these leaked images revealed were the W211-generation-inspired twin-headlight design, and the landscape-oriented touchscreen for its MBUX infotainment system.
The E-Class is the middle child in Mercedes-Benz’s combustion-engined, rear-/all-wheel drive sedan trio.
The new generation will follow the redesigned S-Class launched locally in 2021, and the new C-Class launched in 2022.
The coupe and convertible will be retired, with a new coupe and convertible model line – possibly called the CLE – collectively replacing all two-door C-Class and E-Class models.
A wagon is set to continue, at least in other markets, and has already been spied. The body style was dropped here in 2021 when Mercedes-Benz discontinued the high-riding All-Terrain, and the brand now doesn’t sell any wagons locally.
Diesel engines are also set to continue, but these were also dropped in Australia in 2021.
Expect a range of 48V mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains but no electric option, with that role in Mercedes’ line-up served by the EQE.
It’s unclear whether the E-Class will follow the smaller C-Class in offering only four-cylinder powertrains across both the core and AMG ranges.
Currently, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is offered with a choice of three turbocharged four-cylinder engines, one of which is mated with a plug-in hybrid system.
Stepping up to the AMG range, however, gets you a turbocharged inline-six in the E53 and a twin-turbo V8 in the E63.
The E-Class’s arch-rival, the BMW 5 Series, is also about to enter a new generation. Prototypes of the new 5 Series have been spied testing ahead of an expected 2023 debut.
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