The 10th generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be presented at the 2016 NAIAS with very impressive numbers. Most of them are released in this video below, but it is worth writing them down: 48 months of development, 1,200 prototypes built, 12 million km crossed, 3,500 m² of camouflage film used (equivalent to half a football field), testing in temperatures ranging -32ºC to 60ºC, 10,000 autonomous braking testings, prototypes tested in 4 different continents, 5,000 autonomous lane changes and 1,200 engineers involved. Regular cars take about 18 months to develop, with prototypes topping a few hundreds, if not dozens. The E-Class is obviously a very important car for Mercedes-Benz, but we would never imagine such an effort in order to get it right.
As the German automaker states, the E-Class will be presented in January 11, 2016, at the 2016 NAIAS. And the company has already revealed the car’s interior completely undisguised. Have a look at it below.
The dashboard is fully digital, something many luxury cars are getting, but that is mainly used to drop on costs. And it also reinforces a current perception among car lovers: if any modern car ever turns into a classic, it will not demand mechanics in order to keep running, but electronic technicians.
The new E-Class, called W213, will be built over a new modular platform, the MRA, the same one used by the C-Class and the S-Class, expected to make the new vehicles, both in sedan and station wagon bodies, up to 100 kg lighter than its predecessor. The car will have a drag coefficient of only 0.23 and will probably be 4.95 m long and 1.94 m wide.