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The current generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class has done extremely well for itself, arguably finding a perfect compromise between sporty and luxury. But it appears that the German automaker has found ways to improve upon it and a new, heavily refreshed E-Class is expected to make a debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Autobild out in Germany is reporting that Mercedes is planning a mid-cycle update for its E-Class and that nearly all of its sheet metal will be new except for the roof, windows, and front doors. It appears that the next-generation E-Class will adopt styling from the A-Class, and the traditional dual headlights of the E-Class will give way to a single unit – something that hasn’t been seen for at least three generations of E-Classes.
In addition, Mercedes will give the new E-Class tons of new technology features including a front camera-based system to help detect road changes and adjust the car’s suspension accordingly. The same front camera should be making its way to the 2013 S-Class.
It’s probably too early to tell what powerplants will make their way to the new E-Class, but we have to admit – we’re a little surprised that Mercedes is opting to change so much on a vehicle that looks so good.