E-Class Mercedes spied carrying out road tests

E-Class Mercedes spied carrying out road tests

The first mule sighting of the Mercedes E-Class due to be released in 2017 was around six months ago and the luxury saloon has recently been spotted out and about again on the roads, only this time with production taillights and an almost completely unrecognisable cabin. It appears that the next generation E-Class will be more lightweight and sportier than today's model, and also more stylish. Experts predict that we will be presented with a finished production model sometime in 2016 and that the car will be in the showrooms in 2017. This new version smacks of a revolutionary rather than evolutionary change.

Specific details are in short supply and Mercedes, as usual, is toying with us in a bid to keep our attention. We do know that it will use the same MRA platform as the C-Class, which means a lighter vehicle that can accommodate different body designs and achieve more miles per gallon.

There are tweaks to the outside, such as headlights with LED graphics, but it is in the cabin where real change can be seen. There is a new dashboard layout that appears to have been influenced by the S-Class, and other prevalent changes include the steering wheel, a revised centre stack and more room for the passengers. We can look forward to petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, and an AMG variation powered by a V-8 4.0-litre bi-turbo.