The 2016 / 2017 Mercedes E-Class has been spied wearing significantly less disguise.

The 2016 / 2017 Mercedes E-Class has been spied wearing significantly less disguise.

Set to be introduced sometime next year, the redesigned sedan follows in the footsteps of the C- and S-Class as it upscale styling that closely echoes its brethren.  Starting up front, we can see a rounded front fascia with a two-bar grille that is flanked by familiar headlights.  The déjà vu design continues out back as the rear end mirrors both the aforementioned models.

The interior eschews the straight lines of its predecessor for a flowing dashboard with circular air vents and a large infotainment system.  We can also see a three-spoke steering wheel, gloss black trim and metallic accents.

Mercedes has been tight-lipped about performance specifications but the model is slated to ride on the company's new MRA platform which should help the car weigh between 70 - 150 kg (154 - 330 lbs) less than its predecessor.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but will likely be shared with the C- and S-Class.  This mean we can expect an assortment of familiar four-, six- and eight-cylinder options.

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