Even though the current one was just facelifted.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup just received a facelift for the new model year to better compete with the updated BMW 5 Series. Mercedes updated the exterior styling, tweaked the engine range, and improved the interior technology. After this refresh, the E-Class is among the most compelling midsize luxury sedans on sale. But when your company's slogan is "The Best Or Nothing," there's no time to rest on one's laurels, hence why our spy photographers have already captured the next-generation E-Class out testing.
We were mildly surprised to see a new E-Class undergoing testing soon after a recent facelift, but automotive development cycles are pretty lengthy, so the timing makes sense. The highly camouflaged test mule was spotted wearing the body from the pre-facelift E-Class but don't let it fool you; this is an all-new model.
Despite the disguise, there are a few telltale signs that Mercedes is working on something new here. Those extended wheel arches likely hint at a wider E-Class for the next generation, though they could be tacked on to accommodate wider wheels during testing. In addition to the arches, this test mule wears testing devices on all four wheels, which are clearly not intended for production.
This prototype looks slightly lifted too, with a higher ride height than a standard E-Class sedan. There's no sign of any EV stickers, leading us to believe this prototype uses a conventional gasoline engine.
The next-generation E-Class, likely designated as the W214, should arrive sometime in 2023 or 2024. This leaves plenty of time for more spy shots that reveal more of the production-ready design. Mercedes will soon release an electric E-Class equivalent called the EQE, but based on this recent prototype sighting, it seems the company will still offer a gasoline model in the next generation. Watch this space for more info in the coming weeks and months.