The 2017 Mercedes E-Class has been spied testing in its lightest disguise yet.
Riding on the German automaker’s new MRA platform that also underpins the C-Class and GLC, the next-generation E-Class will be lighter, more rigid and more fuel efficient than the current model. It will also benefit from a nine-speed transmission that has already found its way into other Mercedes’ models.
The company will also outfit the next-gen E-Class with a host of technological features that Mercedes is calling “real life safety.” Expect autonomous driving features and advanced safety tech to be showcased on the new E-Class, which will actually be at the top of the lineup in terms of technology, even outpacing the flagship S-Class when it first debuts.
Other recent spy photos of the E-Class reveal that the interior will be highly influenced by the S-Class, moving it upmarket in the competitive luxury segment. Expect the sedan model to debut first before the German automaker adds several variants including a wagon, coupe, convertible and a possible Maybach long-wheelbase model.
Expect the 2017 Mercedes E-Class to make its debut in spring 2016.
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