STUTTGART -- The redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan that goes on sale next year will feature interior design elements that the automaker calls industry firsts.
The interior of the next-generation E class, unveiled here Tuesday by the automaker, draws from the Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile design concept that Mercedes-Benz unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September.
It boasts a wide, high-resolution dual display and newly designed touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel that enable drivers to control vehicle functions without taking their hands off the wheel.
The redesigned E class will make its world debut at the Detroit auto show in January. Mercedes-Benz hasn’t yet revealed the exterior design, but it is expected to adopt styling cues from the company’s flagship S class.
In the E-class interior, the automaker is striving for design that makes an emotional connection with consumers but also offers technological innovation, said Hartmut Sinkwitz, head of interior design for Mercedes-Benz.
“We try to create a really new solution that has never been there before,” Sinkwitz said.
The E-class interior goes beyond the S class, last redesigned in 2013, in several ways, he said.
The display features two 12.3-inch high-resolution screens behind one smooth piece of glass stretching across the cockpit. One display directly in front of the driver serves as the instrument cluster with virtual instruments. Drivers can choose among three styles to customize the design of the cluster to their preferences. The second screen is located above the center console and displays infotainment and other functions.
The E-class display differs from the two-screen approach in the S class, which has buttons positioned between its two screens. But Mercedes-Benz eventually could adapt the new display design to the S class, Sinkwitz acknowledged.