Spy images of the next-gen E-Class reveal CLS-inspired styling; expected to go on sale sometime in 2020.
Just a few weeks after bringing you the spy pictures of the fifth-gen C-Class sedan, folks from our Italian partner Quattroruote have managed to grab some more spy shots - this time, of the new E-Class sedan. As part of a 2020 model-year update, the E-Class will go under the knife and these images are proof that Mercedes has already started working on the prototypes. They also provide the best look yet of what we can expect from the German luxury marque.
The test mule seen in the images has not been camouflaged completely, just the front and rear have been hidden from clear sight. This means that the new car won't be undergoing a significant change in appearance and the overall shape is expected to be more or less similar to the present car. However, what's different is the lowered fascia and the angular headlights tilted towards the centre of the car. The new, slimmer front end seems to be inspired by the new CLS. The new version might also feature bigger intakes.
While the exterior will receive minor updates, it's the interior and powertrain where the new E-Class is expected to receive significant updates. The existing COMAND infotainment system is most likely to be replaced by the brand's latest MBUX setup. In the international markets, the current 3.0-litre V6 found in the E450 is likely to go out in exchange for the 362bhp 3.0-litre inline-six turbocharged motor from the 2019 CLS450. Additionally, the 241bhp 2.0-litre inline-four motor is also expected to make way for a more powerful 258bhp 2.0-litre motor found in the 2019 C300.
Image source: Quattroruote