For the past few weeks and months the internet was flooded with pictures of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
However, they were mostly showing the exterior of the next E-class, which resembled closely the design line of the S-Class and the newly launched C-Class. However, the latest pictures show the best view of the interior and the cabin of the 2017 E-Class.
From what we can see on the pictures, it is clear that the E-Class is the middle ground between the C-class and the S-Class models. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class shows a clear difference from the two other classes. The E-class takes the luxury and seriousness of the S-Class, but also implements some of the sportier and youthful elements of the newly launched C-Class.
The dashboard layout will help people tell apart the three classes. For example, the lower part of the central console of the 2017 E-Class is almost identical to the one we see in the newly launched C-Class. The lower part of the console hosts the COMAND controller that we previously saw in the C-Class. The controller features storage compartment, touchpad and several control buttons for additional infotainment features.
Once you start moving up the dashboard, you notice similarities to the S-Class as there are four air ventilations. However, there is no clock like there is on the S-Class. Additionally, there is less space, when compared to the S-Class.
The last tier of the dashboard features a large screen that also has a partial analog cluster. The difference between the 2017 E-Class and the S-Class is that the former will feature optional head-up display.
Another similarity between the C-Class and the upcoming 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the steering wheel, as Mercedes has again used the same sporty-three spoke wheel.
Mercedes will offer a wagon version of the 2017 E-Class and that is the test vehicle we see on the pictures. The new wagon version of the E-Class should improve the current numbers of luggage space between 695 and 1,950 liters.
One thing to note though, the 2017 E-Class will be bigger, but lighter. The reason is simple. Mercedes has a new MRA platform that reduces the weight of the vehicle. The company already used the platform for the S-Class and C-class and managed to shed up to 220 pounds.
Under the hood, Mercedes is also preparing some innovations, in the shape of new four-cylinder diesel engines that will be much more efficient. Additionally, the company is also preparing V6 engines with direct injection for the 2017 E-Class.