| Spy shots | 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class |
The next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class was spotted by us out testing on a motorway leading to Valencia. The new car, flanked by a pair of C-Class outriggers couldn't escape our camera as it sped towards the Spanish city.
Wearing just a thin disguise, it's possible to make out the complete shape of the new car. With bold feature lines along its flanks the new E-Class echoes the styling of its C-Class relative
. Around the rear the taillights spread over onto the bootlid, unlike those on the current car.
The nose is where the E-Class is most radical though; its headlamp shape is similar to that of its CLS and SL relatives
, the bonnet closing over the top of the front wings. It's thought that Mercedes has been working hard to ensure that the next generation E-Class doesn't tip the scales any heavier than the existing model. Power will come from a revised range of engines based on those already available in the Mercedes line-up, including an AMG model with its 6.2-litre V8 engine. Expected to be officially revealed later this year, the next generation E-Class should be in UK showrooms some time in 2009.
Kyle Fortune - 14 Jul 2008