Our colleagues from Autoevolution have exclusively revealed the 2017 Mercedes E-Class sedan. Don’t celebrate too soon, though, as they’re only showing the body in white of the final production version, expected to be unveiled early next year.
The W213 E-Class inner structure has been spied right on Daimler’s Sindelfingen factory premises, host of the Tecday for Industry 4.0 event. The body in white clearly belongs to the 2017 Mercedes E-Class as the door cut-lines and tail-lights clusters are identical to those already seen in recent spy pics. Another detail giving credit to this belief is the side character line which flows over the rear arches in different fashion compared to the C-Class or the S-Class.
Developed on the MRA modular platform, shared with the C-Class, the all-new E-Class will be available in limousine (March 2016), Combi (September 2016), Coupe (March 2017) and Cabrio (September 2017) guises with a longer wheelbase luxury Maybach sub-branded version also expected to join the range.
Modular fresh engines constructed from a multiple of identical 0.5-liter cylinders will take center stage with all-new four and L6 six-cylinder (code M256) units making their debut right from the outset. The new family of 3-liter twin-turbo inline-6 engines will develop as much as 430 hp while at the upper end of the range the AMG 63 will offer at least 560 hp courtesy of the AMG sourced 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 of GT fame. A Plug-In Hybrid is also earmarked for production with the power of the electric engine expected to range from 102 HP to 122 HP compared with the current output of 82 to 116 HP.
Diesel fans will also be happy to hear the 2017 Mercedes E-Class will debut alongside a new range of oil-burners, codenamed OM654. Also, no three-cylinder for the E-Class as the base 4-cylinder engine lifted straight from the C-Class remaining the smallest engine in the line-up. Mercedes canceled the three-cylinder program for refinement reasons – the smaller units are said to vibrate excessively if mounted longitudinally.
The all-new 2017 Mercedes E-Class will debut in early 2016 with first deliveries expected to take place next Spring.