Mercedes plans to unleash the E-Class in Detroit

If you are one of the many Mercedes fans waiting for news about the next-generation E-Class then the best advice is not to hold your breath. The German luxury car giant is planning the big debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which will take place in Detroit in January 2016.

The car has been captured on camera a few times recently as Mercedes gives us a taste of what to expect. The car appears to have physically changed quite a lot from the version its replaces and this is not all, as there is also talk of it getting some semi-autonomous functionalities. All the leading luxury car manufacturers have bought into the idea of the driverless car and each offers us a taste of what driving will be like in the future. Mercedes is no exception and we can expect some sort of autonomy, gesture control and plug-in hybrids on display at the NAIAS.

Apart from the hybrids, which will have a choice of three versions, the engines will include an inline six-cylinder. The top-of-the-range model - the E63 AMG - may feature the 4.0-litre engine from the AMG GT, which is also installed in the smaller C63 AMG and will be used in the SLC 63 AMG.

There may be a long wait before customers get their  E-Class keys; however, knowing Mercedes and the attention to detail of the company's design department, the wait should be well worth it.