Another fully camouflaged 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate prototype has been caught on camera by our spy photographers prior to the model’s launch in the second half of next year.

Another fully camouflaged 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate prototype has been caught on camera by our spy photographers prior to the model’s launch in the second half of next year.

The W213's design is not much of a secret since we all know the new E-Class will look just about the same as its brothers. Taking into account the C-Class has grown in size, it's safe to assume the new E will be a tad bigger to distance itself from its smaller counterpart, but this will not make the car heavier as switching to the MRA platform will actually enable a serious weight loss.

Seen here is the more practical E-Class Estate and with these cars buyers are mostly interested in trunk space. In the outgoing model, the cargo capacity depends on the model as some of them, such as the E220 BlueTEC, have that extra tank for the AdBlue fuel additive which lowers the space to 600 liters (1,855 liters with the rear seats folded) while the E250 CDI offers a massive 695 liters / 1,950 liters. There's also the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid which offers 650 liters with the rear seats up and 1,905 liters once you fold them down.

Taking into account the new E-Class Estate will be larger, chances are the trunk will be even bigger and its capacity should surpass the 700-liter mark with the seats in place and a massive 2,000 liters with them folded down.

The W213 generation could also pave the way for a more luxurious Maybach version featuring a longer wheelbase to enable a more spacious interior cabin for those sitting in the back. The E63 AMG will obviously be back with a stronger iteration of the now familiar V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo and there's also going to be a new plug-in hybrid with a hardware derived from the C350e.

Look for an official debut of the E-Class Sedan at a major auto show next year, with the estate arriving a few months later.

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