Official images of the forthcoming 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class have been leaked onto the internet ahead of the luxury sedan’s planned debut in 2009. Known internally by its W212 chassis moniker, the new mid-size executive sedan from Mercedes-Benz adopts a more angular styling (squarish in our lingo) which tries to evoke the robustness of the mid-1980s – early-1990s E-Class range. Judging by these photos, we reckon that Merc’s designers did it in a much less classy way, but we’ll have to wait to see the sedan in real life for a safer verdict.
There are no official details on the car, but according to the guys at CarScoop, the new E-Class will boast an updated engine line-up with several new and revised gasoline and Bluetec diesel powerplants including a base 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol unit and Merc’s new 204 HP 2.2-liter turbo diesel.
Furthermore, the German firm will enhance its BMW 5-Series rival with a range-topping AMG variant equipped with a slightly tweaked version of the current model’s 6.2-liter V8 engine producing close to 550HP as well as diesel-hybrid and petrol-hybrid versions.
Later on in the year, Mercedes-Benz will present a more practical Estate version along with a Coupe model that will replace today’s CLK. The latter will be heavily inspired from the Paris Motor Show ConceptFascination study. What will be interesting is whether or not the Bluetec diesels actually make it to our shores. Considering our diesel quality – not a chance – for now.
Article By: CarScoop