• May 12th 2008 at 4:28PM
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The launch of the next Mercedes-Benz E-class is right around the corner and Car's spies were able to catch a mildly camo'd mule undergoing testing. The prototype is unmistakably M-B, with a new front fascia that appears to split the difference between the swoop CLS's headlamps and the more conservative eyes of the C- and S-class. Underneath the cloaked sheet metal is Mercedes' new W212 mid-size sedan platform, which ditches the electronic braking system of the last generation (Benz dealers rejoice!) in favor of conventional hydraulic stoppers, and utilizes a four-link front suspension and a multi-link rear arrangement coupled with M-B's Active Body Control (ABC) system. Naturally, there will be gizmos galore, including a new electronic road sign reading system, night-vision pulled from the S-class and a host of gasoline- and diesel-powered engines that will top out with the 6.2-liter V8 from AMG.
According to Car, the new E will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March, with sales beginning later that summer.

[Source: Car]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I believe the headlight units will actually consist of 2 seperate parts each. Much like the current generation has the quad oval lamps, this will have quad squares. And it will definitely set it apart from the rest. Not to mention the new rear end of which hints can also be found on the new crosshatch concept.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it looks like it'll have headlights like the new SL... which might not be such a bad thing. I remember most people on AB thinking those headlights were ugly (I did too) but when i went to the MB dealership and saw it in real life, i ave to admit it looked good. Damn good, in fact. either way im sure itll sell like hotcakes
      • 7 Years Ago
      The brake by wire system (SBC) is already gone from the E-class. It now uses a version of the brakes in the S-Class.
      • 7 Years Ago
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