Mercedes-Benz E-Class to get a new-gen in 2016 image

The next generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is said to be planned for a 2016 premiere and it will be completely new compared to the current version.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been around for quite a few years now and even after its facelift, the need for a completely new generation was shown. Now, that new model is getting closer and closer to its premiere as it will be introduced in 2016. The announcement hasn’t been made official by the carmaker just yet but according to a recent report published by Car Magazine, this will come out sometimes next year.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will shed about 70 to 150 kg from its weight (154 – 330 lbs) compared to the current model and this is the result of making the switch to the MRA (modular rear wheel drive architecture) which is using aluminum and it is also used on its smaller brother, the C-Class. The most economical version of the luxury vehicle is believed to pack a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine under its hood, producing 122 HP (91 kW) and emitting 99 g/km of CO2.

The E-segment car is also believed to pack a 2.0 liter hybrid unit, with an 82 HP electric motor, along with a 3.0 liter V6 and a 109 HP electric motor. A PHEV diesel might be offered in Europe too. The range topping AMG E63 is believed to pack the familiar 4.0 liter V8 twin turbo unit. The W213 will be offered in a sedan, wagon, coupe, cabrio, long wheelbase, CLS and CLS Shooting Brake.