The fifth generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213) is not expected to make its global debut till next year’s Detroit Auto Show but thanks to walkART Videos, who recorded four test mules rolling in convoy, we now have a slightly clearer look at the sedan, where previously we reported on earlier spyshots with the vehicle sporting copious amounts of camo.
That’s not to say that the vehicles seen in the video are bare for all to see, with two of them wearing a matte black disguise while the remaining two had on them the commonplace black and white swirly camouflage. However, we can still clearly see that the all-new E-Class adopts much of the exterior design from its siblings – the C-Class and S-Class.
At the front, we can see the C-Class being a huge influence starting with the design of the LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights. Two variants – the Avantgarde and Elegance, appear to be part of the convoy as well, as illustrated by the two grille designs with the former being the two-bar grille integrated with the three-pointed star, while the latter is the three-bar grille with the a hood-mounted star instead.
Moving on to the rear, the S-Class element begins to shine through, most evidently seen on the tail lights. Elsewhere, the Avantgarde variant appears to receive chromed exhaust tips on both ends of its bumper whereas the Elegance doesn’t, although this may change in the future.
Underpinning the W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be the MRA platform, also used by the C-Class, resulting in a significant weight loss compared to its predecessor (expected to be around 150kg).
Many details are still missing pertaining to the powertrain options which will be made available to the E-Class. However, do expect many other body styles to follow suit after the standard sedan model breaks cover in Detroit next year, including the wagon, coupe, and cabriolet. Lest we forget, AMG treatment is most definitely assured.