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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class revealed undisguised?

November 1, 2012

Is this the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class? An image has just surfaced on a Spanish website called Autofacil.es showing what appears to be the next-gen model in full factory guise, without any sort of camouflaging.

The image was taken out the front of a hotel in Madrid, Spain, by photographer Víctor Gutiérrez Poza. The photographer apparently noticed a ‘V8 biturbo’ badge on the side, suggesting that it could be the new E 63 AMG.

The high performance AMG version is usually introduced some time after a new model is launched, however, simply judging by those racy lightweight mesh-style alloy wheels, it could be the next E-Class AMG.

If this is the next-gen AMG, you could be looking at the first version to feature a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, as reported last week. The change from rear-wheel drive is expected to improve acceleration and overall performance, as well as bring down the 0-100km/h time to around 3.4 seconds, blowing any of its competition out of the water.

In terms of design, judging by this image, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will adopt the company’s latest front end styling language which incorporates single headlights instead of the current two-piece layout.

The central grille in the front also features a single chrome crossbar instead of today’s multi-tier arrangement, while a new bonnet blends in a slightly more muscular set of lines which stem from the tips of the grille.

The new model isn’t expected to debut until some time in 2013.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.