Mercedes-Benz's redesigned E-class sedan will feature a sloping front end and side and rear panels that resemble the S class flagship, spy photos indicate. It will be less boxy than the current E class, especially in the rear.
The 2017 E class is set to debut in January at the Detroit auto show. The interior was previewed on the Concept IAA in September at the Frankfurt auto show.
The E class will have new safety features that include systems to protect an occupant's ears and hearing during a crash, steering assistance to avoid an obstacle or accident, and safety protection that pushes the driver and front-seat passenger away from the doors during a side impact.
Mercedes says the new features can be made anytime during the vehicle's life cycle.
The latest version of Mercedes' Intelligent Drive technology will also be introduced with the next E class. The package will be another step toward autonomous driving.