A quartet of 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class prototypes was seen recently testing in Germany on public roads.

A few days ago, our spy photographers captured the wagon version and now an amateur Mercedes-Benz cars spotter has filmed four sedans, with two of them wearing a matte black disguise while the other two had the familiar black & white swirly camouflage. All that makeup is a bit futile taking into consideration the new E-Class will borrow most of the exterior design from its two C & S brothers while the interior cabin is expected to have more in common with the S-Class.

As far as the underpinnings are concerned, the W213 generation will make the switch to the MRA platform used by the C-Class which should enable an estimated weight loss of 330 lbs (150 kg), even though the new E-Class will be a tad bigger than the outgoing model.

Besides the usual body styles, the overhauled E-Class range will be expanded by the addition of a more luxurious Maybach version set to feature a longer wheelbase and a more upscale interior in the same vein as the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

The standard E-Class Sedan is expected to show up January next year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and will be followed shortly by the wagon and later on the new coupe and cabrio body styles will be out. Needless to say, all of the models will also receive the fully-fledged AMG treatment, with the exception of the aforementioned Maybach model which will all about luxury rather than performance.

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