2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-ClassMedia.Daimler

After a long teaser campaign and leaked images that revealed everything except the powertrains and price, Mercedes-Benz officially revealed the fifth generation of the E-Class. The best selling model from Mercedes-Benz, the new E-Class will have its first public premiere on Monday (11 January) at the Detroit Auto Show.

As expected, the E-Class features the new design language of Mercedes-Benz sedans seen in new S-Class and the C-Class. All three updated sedans now look more similar and you need to observe them very carefully to identify each model. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2017 E-Class increased its length by 43mm to 4923mm and this sedan is now 2mm narrower and 6mm lower.

The E-Class will get different front grill according to the variants. The entry-level and Exclusive variants will sport traditional grille with a star emblem on the hood, while Avantgarde and AMG models will have a two-bar grille with a large Mercedes emblem. The grille is flanked by the optionally available Multibeam LED headlamp system. This headlamps use 84 individually controlled high-power LEDs in each headlamp, making them bright and precise. The principle behind the headlamp is the same as the Audi's Martrix light system.

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-ClassMedia.Daimler

In the interior, the dashboard layout is similar to the one in S-Class. The dash features a wide high-resolution dual display (12.3 inches per display) screen and the driver can choose between three different styles. The newly designed touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel enables drivers to control vehicle functions without taking their hands off the wheel.

Initially the new E-Class will come with a choice of two engines -- the E 200 with a four-cylinder petrol engine and the E 220 d with an all-new four-cylinder diesel engine. The E200 makes 181bhp of power and 300Nm of torque, while the E 220 d will develop 192bhp of power and 400Nm of torque. Both the engines will be mated to nine-speed automatic transmission as standard and are equipped with the Eco start/stop function. The most powerful diesel variant, the E 350 d with a six-cylinder engine developing 255bhp and the E 350 featuring hybrid technology will be added later.

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Interior of 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-ClassMedia.Daimler

The new E-Class with all these engines is expected to reach India soon. Mercedes-Benz India confirmed 12 new launches in 2016 and the 2017 E-Class will certainly be one of them.

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