Looking like a styling job from Mercedes tuner, BRABUS, the lower bumper openings suspiciously have dual fog lights on each side. It's not clear if these lights are functional or just a decoy, but hopefully the later is closer to the truth.

Still over a year away, the next generation Mercedes E Class, code-named W212, is not expected to makes its debut until the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. We've seen some E-Class sedan spy photos wearing less camouflage recently, but these latest photos of the wagon variant taken in Stuttgart yesterday reveal a little more.

For the first time, the design of the bumper fascia is fully visible with coverings from the lower right and left side removed. Looking like a styling job from Mercedes tuner, BRABUS, the lower bumper openings suspiciously have dual fog lights on each side. It's not clear if these lights are functional or just a decoy, but hopefully the later is closer to the truth.

Overall, the new styling will adapt elements from the recently revealed SL-Class facelift and C-Class, particularly in the headlamp design. The new model will grow 7 cm in overall length.

The 2010 E-Class will offer a wide selection of engines, ranging from a 4 cylinder petrol engine with 184 hp up to an 544 hp V8 as well as diesels ranging from 136 hp 4 cylinder to a 354 hp V8. However, customers will have to wait for a hybrid version for another year. According to insider information, in 2010 the car is going to available also as a hybrid model in combination with a diesel engine. The E 300 Bluetech hybrid will get power from a 3.0 litre 224 hp V6 and a 15kW electric engine with an integrated start generator.

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