The next generation of the Mercedes-Benz mid-size E-Class is scheduled to debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and spy photos are now showing up. The current E-Class has been a serious drain on Mercedes' quality image, thanks in part to many electronics problems, particularly the now abandoned electro-hydraulic brake system. The E-Class was the highest volume application of the Sensotronic brake system, which last year got replaced by a conventional brake system.

The new E looks set to inherit some of the current Mercedes design language including the sweeping side character lines and flared fenders. The new car will evidently not use steer by wire or four wheel steering, at least in part due to a poor cost vs benefit vs reliability relationship. A full slate of gasoline and diesel engines ranging up to the AMG V-8s is expected, along with the probability of at least a mild hybrid system if not the two-mode system.

[Source: CAR]