The German based automaker Mercedes-Benz is planning to introduce a superlight version made out of carbon fiber of the E-Class which will be offering more rigidity than steel and will weigh around 1.300 kg (2.860 lbs), about 350 kg (770 lbs) less than the standard model.
According to the German car magazine Auto Bild, the new future generation of the E-Class will be made out of carbon fiber and it will also give a headache to Mercedes-Benz’s designers because it will be influenced by the CLS.
Besides the designers, the automaker’s engineers will have some extra work to do as well because the future model will feature stuff like gullwing doors or no B-pillar because the carbon structure will offer more rigidity than regular steel.
Besides keeping the weight down and coming in with a revolutionary new shape for an E-Class, the future model will also burn less fuel and will be emitting low CO2 because Mercedes-Benz is considering implementing new hybrid technology, with the hydrogen fuel-cell being also a possible option.
Sadly we don’t have any more details about the carbon fiber made E-Class but it seems that the model should hit the market in 2015 and considering the fact that Auto Bild has launched this “rumor”, we may never see the vehicle on the road.