Mercedes E-Class due for 2016?
Despite the fact that the current Mercedes E-Class model has recently undergone a facelift, rumours are already emerging about a new E-Class which will be launched in 2016.
The 2016 Mercedes E-Class possible engine details
According to the rumours, the new E-Class will be offered with a new set of engine choices. Amongst the rumoured choices is a twin turbocharged six cylinder petrol engine which offers a base power of 367 brake horsepower that tops at 435 brake horse power for the higher powered variant of the vehicle.
A 2.9 litre turbo diesel engine may also be offered with power ranging from 313 brake horse power to 400 brake horse power, with torque ranging from 650Nm to 750Nm. This particular powertrain system of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is designed to allow the vehicle to go up against the twin-turbo diesel engine of Audi and BMW offering a power output of 381 brake horse power (bhp).
A full plug-in hybrid model will also be offered by the company for the upcoming vehicle. This variant will come with a four cylinder 2 litre petrol engine offering 211bhp of power. A diesel version of the hybrid will also be offered into the market with a 2 litre diesel engine featuring a power output of 170bhp. Both hybrid models of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will feature an electric motor offering around 122bhp of power.
The engines will doubtless combine with a more aerodynamic body and lightweight construction – both of which already feature on the new C-Class – to offer economy and emissions figures never before seen on the Mercedes E-Class range.
2016 Mercedes E-Class possible tech
Much of the technology available on the flagship Mercedes S-Class is set to be carried over to the new Mercedes E-Class, such as the top-of-the-range model's large TFT displays, 360-degree cameras (for added visibility when parking), and its interior fragrance dispenser.
Most exciting of all is the possibility that Mercedes’ pioneering Magic Body Control suspension could make its way into the E-Class range. It uses cameras to scan the road surface, before priming the suspension to iron out any bumps. The current E-Class can already be specced with air suspension, which makes Magic Body Control seem like a logical next step for top-of-the-range models.
Despite the drive towards efficiency and improved fuel economy, the new Mercedes E-Class range should include a fast AMG model that will take on high-performance versions of the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF.
Nothing has been confirmed by Mercedes-Benz at the moment, though the upcoming model of the E-Class is expected to be released as a standard sedan by 2016, with a long wheel base model being offered by the company in China in the same year. Rumours also state that by 2018, a four seat coupe model will also be released into the market.
Prices are a long way from being confirmed, but the new Mercedes E-Class is likely to cost slightly more than the current range, which is priced from around £33,000. That said, it will likely get more equipment as standard.