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Video: 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ‘W213’ spotted

Mercedes-Benz has been spotted test driving a prototype version of the next-gen ‘W213’ E-Class out and about in Germany. It’s wearing plenty of camouflage which probably means it is still quite far from production yet.

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W213

The video gives us a quick look at the exterior design and proportions, which, so far, look quite similar to the current E-Class. A new front grille is likely to stage the front end, while updated headlights and a new lower apron is also expected. At the back it looks like the new model will take on the more rounded shapes as seen on the latest C-Class, with bulbous taillights and a protruding rear bumper.

According to reports, the W213 E-Class is set to be underpinned by a new platform, called the MRA. With this, we could see the kerb weight drop by as much as 150kg. Such a drop would obviously help with overall performance, economy, and handling dynamics.

As for the powertrain options, Mercedes is said to be configuring a new inline six-cylinder lineup, with reports of a 2.9-litre turbo-diesel producing as much as 230kW. We’ve also heard rumours of e-turbo technology making its way into the showroom, with six-cylinder units offering up to 300kW.

There’s also set to be a new range of entry-level units, potentially including a fresh 1.6-litre diesel, and even more efficient 2.0-litre-class engines. A hybrid model is likely to make up the range as well.

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W213-rear

The current W212 model has been on sale since 2009. Rumours suggest the company is planning a full debut for the new model at next year’s Detroit auto show, in January. Take a look at the video below in the meantime for some idea of its design.

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.