Well, we now don't have to wait anymore, because the first ever mule for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class W213 has been spied by one of the spy photographers whom we collaborated with around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, where a Mercedes-Benz testing center is located.
No, we haven't gone haywire, that is indeed most of the body of the current C-Class (W205), but if you look closely you can see the much wider front and rear tracks, while the wheelbase is also significantly longer compared even with the China-only C-Class L (V205).
In other words, this is just a clever mule based on the C-Class, but that is certainly not out of the ordinary considering that the upcoming E-Class W213 will also be based on the Mercedes-Benz MRA (Modular Rear-wheel drive Architecture) platform.
As some of you know remember, the all-new E-Class is making Mercedes-Benz finally revert to their famous inline sixes when it comes to engine architecture, with a highly-modular family of inline fours and sixes to be found under the hood of the model.
From recent reports/speculations, it seems that a three-liter gasoline straight six will be twin-turbocharged and offer at least two different power outputs (367 hp and 435 hp) while a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged diesel will output from 315 hp to 405 hp.
Expect more details about the E-Class W213 in the upcoming months, as this mule is most likely to be replaced by actual pre-production prototypes with heavy camouflage, showing us the proportions of the model for the first time.