[Videos] The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class revealed in test development sessions image

The next generation E-Class almost unfolds to us in a video released by Mercedes, footage taken from some testing sessions with the new premium midsize sedan.

The next generation of the E-Class is just around the corner, ready to make its debut in a couple of weeks at the Detroit Auto Show. The upcoming premium sedan is showed to us almost undisguised for the first time in a recent video released by Mercedes-Benz, after it was tested for over 12 million kilometers. This comes after the company revealed a photo gallery with the new E-Class interior three weeks ago. Among the main features, there is a wide high-resolution 12.3 dual display that merge visually to form a wide-screen single cockpit. As the instrument cluster, this dominant layout contains a large display with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver as well as a central one above the center console.

The driver can choose between three different styles to select their preferred screen design for the wide-screen instrument cluster: “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”. In addition, touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering allow the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel.

The E-Class will be powered by a new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines, alongside the existing four-cylinder petrol units. New 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesels will be available later next year, while new six-cylinder petrol engines are also planned for later on. Mercedes-Benz hopes the new sedan will help the premium automaker to close the gap to its rival BMW.

The next-generation Mercedes E-Class Coupe has also recently been caught on video, heavily camouflaged, but its launch is expected to take place at least one year after the introduction of the sedan version.