2023 Mercedes E-Class will not be electric
The next-generation Mercedes E-Class will get traditional petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid power, rather than electric
- Electric powertrain reserved for EQE
- Portrait-style infotainment system from S-Class
- Due on sale in 2023
An all-new Mercedes E-Class is coming in 2023 and our exclusive renders show what it could look like. The next iteration of Mercedes’ popular mid-size executive car will feature refreshed styling, technology taken from the latest Mercedes S-Class, and will only be offered with petrol or diesel engines, or as a plug-in hybrid.
Prototypes for the new car have already been spotted out on European roads before its expected unveiling at the beginning of next year. When it arrives in showrooms, the new E-Class will continue its rivalry with the facelifted Audi A6 as well as the upcoming, next-generation BMW 5 Series.
As you can see from our renders, the new E-Class will be much sleeker than the outgoing model. The new car will adopt a slimmer LED headlight and rear tail-light design, reminiscent of that on the new Mercedes C-Class. There will also be pop-out electronic door handles which also appeared in the latest S-Class.
The new E-Class will be available in both saloon and Estate body styles - however, the popular E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models will not be returning. These will instead be spun off into a new sportier and undoubtedly more premium, CLE model.
The greatest changes on the new E-Class will be found on the inside. The new car will feature the latest generation of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. As standard, the E-Class will likely be fitted with the 11.9-inch portrait-style touchscreen from the C-Class, with the 12.9-inch OLED panel with haptic feedback available at an additional cost. A digital instrument cluster will also come as standard across the E-Class range, with buyers able to step up to a display boasting futuristic 3D dials.
Mercedes introduced a variety of new driving assistance tech when they debuted the 2021 S-Class and many of those features will also be available as an optional extra on its smaller sibling. This will allow the E-Class to steer and drive itself on the motorway, providing the driver is facing forward and monitoring the road ahead.
The next generation of E-Class will sit on Mercedes’ new MRA2 platform. While this platform will allow for a greater depth of electrification, fully-electric powertrains will be instead reserved exclusively for the brand’s EQ-badged models such as the EQE, which runs parallel to the E-Class in the Mercedes range.
Instead, there will be a range of diesel and petrol engines available which will all incorporate 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. We can also expect there to be a new plug-in hybrid powertrain badged ‘E 300 e’. This will use a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and could provide up to 60 miles of electric-only driving range.
The new E-Class will also feature other technical upgrades over the outgoing model. The new car is expected to receive a similar rear-wheel steering and air suspension setup as the S-Class. The former can turn the rear wheels to improve either stability or agility, whereas the latter can raise the air suspension by up to 80mm to protect passengers in an impending accident.
Whenever there is a new Mercedes model, there is often speculation about a high-performance variant from the brand’s performance division, AMG. The latest-generation of the smaller Mercedes-AMG C63 is expected to ditch its V8 engine for a more efficient four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. However, inside sources claim that this will not be the case with the new E63, retaining its hallmark 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 for one last hurrah before it is inevitably downsized and electrified. Here, it is expected to produce more than 650bhp and be offered with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive.
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