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Mercedes-Benz E-Class breaks cover after photo leak

Mercedes-Benz’s attempts to keep its new E-Class under wraps until its official launch at the Detroit Motor Show next week have failed, following a leak of images of the new car.

So here’s a CGI preview of the all-new E-Class, due in the UK in late Spring. It carries on the bold grille as seen on the S-Class and C-Class, though the side lines are different, without the sweep down to the rear quarter.

According to German press reports, the E-Class will have a very low drag coefficient of just 0.23, and the old 2.2-litre diesel is replaced by a new 2.0-litre unit that offers more than 60mpg in 220d trim. It’ll come in three power outputs, 150hp, 195hp and 258hp. Later there will be an E350e plug-in hybrid that will combine a 2.0 petrol engine with an electric motor.

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Late last year, Mercedes showed official pictures of the car’s interior, which has more than a hint of S-Class about its dash, carrying over the full digital dual panel of the flagship saloon.

This wide high-resolution display comprises two 12.3in screens and a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels that “float” in the dashboard, with ambient lighting behind, just like on the S-Class.

The driver can customise the display from three different styles: Classic, Sport and Progressive. The twin screens are not fitted to entry-level models, which retain twin analogue dials and a separate sat-nav screen.

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And the E-Class is adding new features that will also be added to the upcoming S-Class facelift, including touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel. These allow the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel.

Alternatively, the Comand controller familiar to C-Class or V-Class drivers is also fitted to the centre console, and this also includes a touch-sensitive “handwriting” panel on the top, as well as a rotary input wheel and buttons.

Depending on the transmission, the new E-Class comes with two different centre consoles. Models with automatic transmission have a straight-through centre console which rises dynamically to the cockpit, and including a control panel in a “black panel” glass look.

Leather-covered doors are fitted to some trim lines, and new interior colours include various shades of brown, including new combinations such as brown/macchiato and saddle brown/macchiato. The seats are new, and have different designs for the three trim levels.

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European trim levels include Avantgarde, AMG and Exclusive. UK spec usually sees Avantgarde become SE, but AMG has been the top spec line. Chauffeurs would certainly welcome a more luxury-focused top line, and many are still pining for the return of the “gunsight” grille.

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