Mercedes is working at a new generation E-Class, but unlike its biggest competitor, the 5-Series, we won’t see much changes regarding its design. It will make its world debut in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show under the sedan version and sales will begin few months later. A station wagon version will also be unveiled in 2010.

The 2010 E-Class will feature the same sleek outline redolent of its bigger S-class brother, plus the quad pipes, big wheels, discrete bodykit and huge brake discs that denote the E63 AMG sports saloon.

The biggest changers will be made under the hood. The next-gen E-class will have an E300 Bluetec diesel hybrid emitting just 134g/km of CO2. By linking Merc’s diesel Bluetec engine to a hybrid system, the greenest E-class should mix performance (413lb ft of twist) with purity (55.4mpg).

The big event will be the 2.2 and 3.0-litre diesels, badged E200 CDI, E220 CDI, E250 CDI and E300 CDI. The E63 AMG will be powered by a 6.2 liter V8 engine

The future E-Class will premiere the latest iteration of Merc’s mid-sized saloon architecture: hydraulic brakes, a multilink rear axle and four-link front axle layout, governed by ABC Active Body Control systems and Airmatic suspension on higher-spec (as opposed to hire-spec) models.

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Source: CarMagazine

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