The next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been spotted testing again, in sedan covers.
The current E-Class has arrived for the 2017 model year and has been updated mid-cycle for 2021. In the tradition of Mercedes, we will see the redesigned E-Class arrive in 2023 as a 2024 model.
The design looks more dynamic, with the roof line looking slightly sloping backwards compared to the current model. With rumors that neither the CLS-Class nor the GT 4-Door Coupe have been replaced, perhaps the designers have been free to make the E-Class look a little sportier.
The platform is an updated version of Mercedes’ MRA rear-wheel drive architecture that debuted on the 2021 S-Class and has since appeared on the 2022 C-Class. The updated platform benefits from weight savings, primarily through increased use of aluminum instead of steel. This has been done thanks to advanced joining technologies including aluminum-steel welding.
The platform is not designed to accommodate battery-electric powertrains, although we will see electrochemical powertrains on the range, including for the final E 63 from AMG. The E 63 is capable of ending with the same V-8-based hybrid system that debuted on the 2023 GT 63S E Performance four-door coupe. This system can provide a maximum power of 843 hp and 1,033 lb-ft of torque. However, there are also rumors that the next E 63 could reduce the size to 4 cylinders, just like the next C 63.
With Mercedes having just launched its 2023 EQE electric sedan and committing to delivering an all-electric line of vehicles by 2030, this means we may be considering the last E-Class with an internal combustion engine.
A redesigned E-Class Wagon will also appear, both in the conventional cover and all-terrain. It is unlikely that we will see another generation of two-door E-Class variants. Mercedes is reportedly preparing to launch the new CLE-Class to replace both the coupe and the C-Class convertible and the E-Class.
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