Our spies have sent us what we are hoping to be one of the last batches of images with near-production E-Class W213 prototypes as Mercedes-Benz should just stop with the tease and show us the car already.

Our spies have sent us what we are hoping to be one of the last batches of images with a near-production E-Class W213 prototype as Mercedes-Benz should just stop with the tease and show us the car already.

Mercedes-Benz is certainly taking its sweet time coming out with the new E-Class, but at least the wait is almost over as the prototype spotted here had only a minimal amount of disguise which means an official reveal is nearby. The Daimler-owned marque recently said the new E (W213) will be revealed following the introduction of the GLS which will take place tomorrow, so expect to see the mid-size sedan online before the year’s end, with a proper introduction in January at NAIAS in Detroit.

The somewhat distinctive design of the outgoing E-Class will soon be history as its successor will fully embrace Mercedes-Benz’s latest design language and as you can see it will look like a long wheelbase C-Class on the outside, with an interior cabin partially sourced from the S-Class.

We’ve been through the details many times, so there’s no point in detailing the technical specs once again, but we are curious to find out whether that rumor about a straight-six turbodiesel engine will come true. Word on the street says it’s going to be a 2.9-liter twin-turbo with 313 bhp (233 kW) along with a beefier quad-turbo configuration good for an estimated 400+ bhp (298 kW).

It’s only one of the reports concerning the new E-Class, with another one indicating the availability of a new in-house developed 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine serving as the entry-level diesel offering and without having to source the motor from Renault.

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