While the leading men and women over at Mercedes-Benz are bracing themselves to present the 2016 E-Class to the world, the much-awaited luxury sedan as it turns out has been fully leaked online. Thanks to Germany’s Auto Presse, what we have here are the official photos of the 2016 E-Class that will soon make its global debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
After what seems like an eternity of endless spy shots and speculations, the new E-Class has been revealed and now that it’s fully out in the wild, we cannot help but agree that it basically is an amalgamation of the smaller C-Class and Mercedes’ flagship sedan offering – the S-Class.
As is the case with the rest of Mercedes’ latest range, the 2016 E-Class gets quite a few design elements which appear more angular and aerodynamic compared to the outgoing car. The front-end, for instance, gets a large twin-slat grille along with the familiar sweptback headlight design while the rear-end is also a familiar affair complete with the sharply-styled dual exhaust tips and the vertically stacked taillight assembly.
While the interior of the outgoing E-Class is hardly class-leading, Mercedes is promising a lot with the 2016 model. Looking at the pictures released officially by the brand, it’s fairly easy to spot the S-Class influence in the overall design. Mercedes will offer a wide high-resolution dual display (12.3 inches per display) and in addition, touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel. The latter feature allows the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. While we have already seen touch-sensitive controls between the front seats in several flagship luxury cars, the new E-Class is the vehicle to integrate touch-sensitive buttons in the spokes of the steering wheel.
The engine range for the 2016 E-Class will consist of a variety of options in petrol, diesel and hybrid form. The highlighting unit will be a new 2-litre diesel engine with close to 200bhp of power. It will be sold alongside the 2-litre turbocharged petrol engined car and a hybrid model combining the petrol engine with an electric motor.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will go on sale later this year and given its popular status among luxury car buyers here in India, we expect it to be introduced locally within a few months of its global launch.