The North American International Auto Show starts next week but that won't stop Mercedes from previewing the highly-anticipated E Class at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The North American International Auto Show starts next week but that won't stop Mercedes from previewing the highly-anticipated E Class at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The company is keeping details under wraps but noted its CES activities will focus on the E Class' interior which promises to "herald an all-new era in digitalization."

The interior follows in the footsteps of the S Class and features two 12.3-inch displays that each have a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels.  The two screens effectively "merge" into each other to create a single massive widescreen display.

Unfortunately, entry-level models will have a more traditional instrument cluster with two round dials and a 7-inch display with a slightly lower resolution of 1000 x 600 pixels.  Entry-level variants will also be equipped with a secondary display that measures 8.3-inches diagonally and has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels.

Besides featuring high-tech displays, the E Class will become the first automobile to have touch-sensitive buttons mounted on the steering wheel.  The buttons respond to horizontal and vertical finger swipes so users can control the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel.

In typical Mercedes fashion, the model will be available with a variety of wood trim including a "yachting look" variant with flowing lines as well as another that is being billed as a "contemporary interpretation of inlaid wood and a novel metal fabric."

The redesigned E Class will also have new color combinations - including brown/macchiato and saddle brown/macchiato - as well as an assortment of options such as an ambience lighting package and a Burmester 3D surround sound system.

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