More of the body has been shown than ever before.
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been spied in its most revealing guise yet, with most of the body now exposed. The front and rear ends of the vehicle are still covered in extensive camouflage, and the wheels are clearly test items, but there are new details that we hadn't previously seen, including sleek, flush-fitting door handles.
While leaked patent drawings earlier this year have given us an idea of what the general body shape would be, these new photos prove conclusively that the next E-Class will be a svelte and elegant luxury sedan once again. Mercedes is clearly not following the lead of its Bavarian rival when it comes to styling...
Overall, the changes to the E-Class sedan's styling are not too extreme, at least not on the profile, but as for the front and rear, it's quite likely that, once again, we'll see a slightly exaggerated take on the headlights, taillights, and fascias that the all-new C-Class wears.
Inside, we're expecting to find plenty of real estate in terms of screen area, with a large portrait display likely to sit in the middle of the dash, and a smaller landscape-oriented display sited behind the steering wheel. But with the impending arrival of the CLE range, the E-Class Coupe and E-Class Convertible will no longer be offered. The CLE will replace corresponding two-door models for the C-Class too.
On a separate occasion, our photographers also managed to snap some pictures of the E-Class Wagon in plug-in hybrid guise (PHEV). Neither the wagon body style nor the PHEV powertrain is offered in the US anymore, as the former was replaced by the E450 4Matic All-Terrain more than two years ago. However, if the all-electric Mercedes EQ sub-brand doesn't perform as Merc would like, there's a good chance that the PHEV powertrain could come to the US in the coming years. As with the sedan, its styling is inoffensive, but interestingly, Mercedes has opted to fit the charging port on the rear fender, while other recent plug-ins from Affalterbach have seen it placed in the rear bumper.
While the regular PHEV's future in the US may be uncertain, the inevitable AMG version will be electrified, likely making use of the same 2.0-liter hybrid as the C63.