The new model takes the codename W212 and as we can see the new model is gradually shedding the annoying camoflage blocking the view of what we really want to see.

Lets not beat about the bush, other than the facelifted SL class, the styling of recent models coming from Mercedes having been found wanting, we all hope this trend is at an end with the next generation Mercedes E-Class. Upcoming models such as the 2011 Audi A6 could seriously threaten Mercedes' position in the mid-size premium segment which they also have to content with the likes of the BMW 5-series, Cadillac CTS and the Lexus LS. This latest spy video of the E class shows a prototype pumping its muscle round a wet Nurburgring.

The new model takes the codename W212 and as we can see the new model is gradually shedding the annoying camoflage blocking the view of what we really want to see.

Gone will be the SBC (Sensotronic Brake Control) system in favour a more conventional system which will get wet-weather disc wiping and wheel-selective cornering brake control, ceramic-composite discs are expected to be available for the AMG version. The styling shows similar characteristics to the S-class, with the wheel-arch extensions and huge bumpers showing the most striking similarities. A wider frame grille gives the E class a more meaty look and behind that taping we should find the “four eyes face“ headlights.

Mercedes will once again introduce a range of its new technologies into the W212 E-class including lane-departure warnings, an eye-movement monitor, traffic-sign identification, road-condition sensors, and stability control that accounts for crosswinds, camber changes, and a tire wear warning system. There are no major surprises expected in the engine department with the usual V6- and V8-engines, plus a normally aspirated, 500-plus-bhp 6.3-liter V8 for the E63 AMG model.

It is still more than a year until we will see the debut of the E-class at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Mercedes E-Class Spy Video