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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior revealed

Mercedes-Benz reveals the interior of its fifth-generation E-Class for the first time, ahead of the model going on sale next spring

Words ByDarren Moss

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The fifth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class will go on sale in the UK next spring, and will be seen for the first time at the Detroit motor show in January 2016.

What is it?

The E-Class is Mercedes-Benz's rival for the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Jaguar XF and Volvo S90. Recent spy pictures of the E-Class in testing have shown it will receive an all-new design, with a long bonnet and larger wheels at each corner.

While the E-Class saloon will be the first model to be revealed, a sleek cabriolet and coupe are also planned. An estate version will go on sale towards the end of 2016.

The range will be crowned by an E63 model from Mercedes-AMG, which is likely to arrive towards the end of next year.

What engines can I choose from?

Powering the new E-Class will be a new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines, which will be available alongside a range of upgraded four-cylinder petrols. In 2016, Mercedes will also offer a new range of 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel options while a three-cylinder petrol option is also planned.

A plug-in hybrid model, dubbed E350e, will be available within 12 months of the car going on sale. It uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated with an electric motor and is said to offer an electric-only driving range of 20 miles.

The high-performance E63 AMG model will use an upgraded version of Mercedes' 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, with around 600bhp.

How much equipment does it come with?

Many of the biggest changes for the new E-Class come inside. The new E-Class will come in three different specifications, dubbed Avantgarde, AMG Line and Exclusive. AMG Line and Exclusive models receive a brand new widescreen digital instrument cluster display comprising two 12.3-inch screens.

The two screens are both configurable by the driver and offer a choice between three different driving themes - Classic, Sport and Progressive - which change the graphics of the display.

Entry-level Avantgarde models make do instead with traditional dials with a colour display, and an 8.4-inch central infotainment screen.

Other changes include the adoption of a wireless charging mat in the centre console and a USB connector for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. A further two USB connections and an SD card slot can be found under the centre armrest.

How much will it cost?

Mercedes-Benz is likely to reveal pricing for the E-Class at the car's formal unveiling in Detroit. However, we expect prices to rise from the £34,870 starting price of the current car.

How good are its rivals?

This is one of the most hotly contested sectors of the automotive market, and Mercedes-Benz has traditionally fared well against its key rivals from Audi and BMW. However, Jaguar's XF has become a firm favourite in recent years, too, and the technology-laden Volvo S90 is looking to break into the same market.