Silver 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan Prototype (W213) Reveals Almost Everything

Both Mercedes and BMW have started showing different aspects of their designs and features way before the cars themselves were ready to be revealed. The Bavarians kind of started this trend with the new 7 Series flagship, which was shown at several events and had its self-parking features demonstrated. Now it's Stuttgart's turn. Yesterday, we showed you the naked chassis of the all-new W213 E-Class, and now we have a new video showing the entire sedan almost completely undisguised.
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As we’ve told you already, the E-Class might strike some as a copy of the S- and C-Class, but it has some original design features as well. A good example of this can be found in the profile of the vehicle, more specifically in the two character lines that most Mercedes models have. While they flow closer to each other as they travel towards the boot on the W222 S-Class, that’s not the case here. The new E-Class has one very strong line at the top that cuts the body through the door handles and a second less important line at the bottom.

This particular prototype is painted silver and features a sporty optional body kit. It brings changes to the grille design and a subtle spoiler design for the lower front bumper. The side air intakes are the only bits that are covered up, but we suspect they will be designed a la AMG.

Around the back, we see a taillight design that’s somewhat similar to the S-Class, as the lines flow towards the rear “shoulders” of the vehicle. But the real magic is underneath, as the lights change their luminosity according to the ambient atmosphere, reducing their brightness at night so as not to blind other motorists.

Another selling point of the new E-Class will be the remote parking feature. Just like with the BMW 7 Series, you can get out of the car and move it inside a bay that would otherwise be too restrictive for you.

We’re sure there are plenty of other surprises the E-Class has saved up under that sexy body. But we’ll just have to wait until the 2016 Detroit Auto Show to learn everything.

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