The weather is getting chilly, but that hasn’t stopped the 2024 Mercedes E-Class from stripping down and showing some skin.
While the front and rear ends are still heavily camouflaged, the rest of the car has dropped the disguise to reveal an evolutionary design that incorporates a number of cues from the larger S-Class.
In particular, we can see streamlined bodywork and a new split character line that fades in the middle. They’re joined by a sculpted hood, pronounced wheel arches, and a familiar greenhouse. The model also appears a little longer than before, although it’s hard to be certain at this point.
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Despite the camouflage up front, there’s no mistaking the larger single bar grille. We can also see a wide lower intake as well as new headlights, which feature split daytime running lights.
The rear end is similarly disguised, but evolution is the name of the game. That being said, the taillights appear to be connected by a slender light bar instead of the chrome accent found on today’s model. We can also see a new bumper, which lacks exhaust cutouts on this particular prototype.
The S-Class inspired design is expected to continue in the cabin as we can expect a freestanding digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system with a portrait orientation. While neither is visible in the photos, we can get a glimpse of white leather seats with a diamond pattern.
Under the hood, we can expect an assortment of different options including a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 255 hp (190 kW / 259 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. It could be joined by a 2.0-liter diesel developing 261 hp (195 kW / 265 PS) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. We can also expect a plug-in hybrid variant with a combined output of around 309 hp (230 kW / 313 PS).
The 2024 Mercedes E-Class is expected to be introduced early next year and it will be followed by a plug-in hybrid E53 E-Performance, which has around 671 hp (500 kW / 680 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.
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