A heavily camouflaged prototype of the next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been caught on camera during a winter test.

A heavily camouflaged prototype of the next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been caught on camera during a winter test.

Although it's wearing a considerable amount of disguise, it is not hard to image how the new mid-size model from Daimler will look like as its design will be heavily influenced by its brothers, the C and S. We will let you judge whether this is good or bad for the new E which is bound to grow in size to distance itself from the C-Class that itself had to grow to make room for the CLA which now serves as Mercedes-Benz's entry-level sedan.

Even though it's proportions are about to increase, the new E-Class will actually shave off some of the weight thanks to the MRA platform shared with the C. This video doesn't contain any footage of the interior, but previous spy shots have shown a cabin greatly derived from the S-Class while the comfort of rear passengers should grow thanks to what will be a stretched wheelbase.

In terms of engines, there have been some rumors for quite some time indicating the use of newly developed inline-six motors and even a three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine powering the base version. Chances are a twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine will likely end up in the Mercedes-AMG E63 with an output beyond the 510 HP (375 kW) & 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) available in the C63 S.

There are some rumors suggesting a Maybach version which if green-lighted it will come with an extended wheelbase and a more luxurious cabin featuring individual rear seats.

It is believed the standard sedan will go on sale a year from now and will be followed by a long wheelbase version, as well as estate, coupe and cabriolet derivatives.

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