As you'd expect, it's a bigger C-Class.
These images were shared on the Cars_Secrets Instagram page, though it's unclear which patent office Mercedes-Benz filed. Merc did not go wild with the new E's design as we expected. It looks exactly like a bigger C-Class and a smaller S-Class, which is precisely on target for the E.
The rear also resembles the C-Class and S-Class sedans, both introduced in the last two years. It seems Mercedes-Benz and BMW are taking a completely different approaches in design, with BMW making a clear distinction between its volume and top-tier models.
From the side, it's a standard sedan, which is to be expected. We already know Mercedes is working on the next-generation CLS, which is an E-Class built for people who want something a bit more interesting to look at. We also know that the E-Class Convertible and Coupe are dead, and will be replaced with the all-new CLE and CLE Coupe. Thanks to a drop in demand, the new CLE-Class will replace C and E-Class convertibles and coupes.
The 2024 E-Class will likely inherit the all-new fully digital interior, which consists of a massive touchscreen interface and a large digital instrument cluster. Naturally, some of the S-Class' tech will siphon down into the E's interior.
The next-generation E-Class is widely believed to be the last of its kind. A full EV will eventually replace it.
Until that happens, it will soldier on with a selection of four and six-pot engines with 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance. It's still unclear whether Mercedes-AMG will keep the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 for the inevitable E63.
If we had to guess, we'd say that Mercedes-AMG will use its new four-cylinder turbo-hybrid engine to power the in-between AMG model, more commonly known as the E53. The E63 will likely keep its V8 if only to remain competitive against the upcoming hybrid M5.