The new Mercedes E-Class, code named W 212, is scheduled for release in mid 2009. Initially just the sedan will be launched with the station wagon following a year later.
The photos are showing for the first time a prototype in silver metallic wearing much less disguise than previous pictures showed. The new styling will adapt styling elements from the current new C-Class, however, the headlights are quite different giving the new E-Class a so-called “four eyes face”. Also the new model will grow 7 cm in overall length.
The next E-Class will offer a wide selection of engines, ranging from a 4 cylinder petrol engine with 184 hp up to an 544 hp V8 as well as diesels ranging from 136 hp 4 cylinder to a 354 hp V8. However, customers will have to wait for a hybrid version for another year. According to insider information, in 2010 the car is going to available also as a hybrid model in combination with a diesel engine. The E 300 Bluetech-hybrid will get power from a 3.0 litre 224 hp V6 and a 15kW electric engine with an integrated start generator.
The photos are showing a prototype during testing in the south of Germany.