A fully disguised prototype of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class with a longer wheelbase has been caught on camera performing testing rounds in Germany.

A fully disguised prototype of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class with a longer wheelbase has been caught on camera performing testing rounds in Germany.

The outgoing W212 generation is offered in LWB guise exclusively in China, but Mercedes-Benz is about to change that with the all-new W213 which will be sold in other markets with a stretched wheelbase. Chances are the Daimler-owned marque will sell this version under the newly founded Mercedes-Maybach division, so expect a significantly more luxurious cabin with two individual rear seats as seen in the bigger Maybach-branded S-Class.

The prototype seen here not only has a longer wheelbase, but also seems to feature the third side windows after the C pillar, thus clearly indicating its larger footprint which will likely bring it very close to the standard wheelbase S-Class not just in terms of size, but also as far as pricing is concerned.

The standard E-Class W213 will be out next year, so chances are the Mercedes-Maybach E-Class / E-Class LWB won't be introduced sooner than 2017.

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