We have received a fresh batch of spy photos depicting Mercedes-Benz's upcoming E-Class (W213).

The latest images confirm yet again the company's intentions of blending styling cues from the C and S to create the new mid-size sedan which will be unveiled as early as January next year at NAIAS. It will borrow the MRA platform from the C-Class which should provide a massive weight loss of up to 150 kg (330 lbs) despite the slightly larger proportions necessary to distance the model from the C which also had to grow in size now that Mercedes-Benz has the CLA acting as their entry-level sedan.

As far as the engines are concerned, latest gossip indicates the diesel range will kick off with a new 1.6-liter rated at 122 bhp (91 kW) while beefier versions are expected to use a straight-six twin-turbodiesel 2.9-liter developing 313 bhp (233 kW). We also heard a quad turbo version of the same engine is in the works with two of the turbochargers being electrically driven and enabling a total output of more than 400 bhp (298 kW).

The new E-Class could be Mercedes-Benz's first production model to incorporate a semi-autonomous driving system as Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche recently said the technology is imminent although it would make more sense to debut on the S-Class.

Gallery: Latest 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class spy images reveal more of the front fascia

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