The teaser campaign for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has begun with an inside-out approach, revealing the new sedan’s interior first.
As expected, the E-Class follows the interior styling themes established by the larger S-Class and smaller C-Class, but adds extra technology to the already impressive list available for those vehicles.
The most eye-catching element is a pair of massive ‘floating’ 12.3-inch display screens, arranged in the instrument cluster and centre of the dash, similar to those found in the S-Class range, offering a reconfigurable display of essential driver information.
The panoramic display solution is only optional for Comand Online equipped vehicles however, with a pair of regular instruments flanking 7-inch display, backed up by a smaller 8.4-inch dash display, making up the standard configuration.
Steering wheel controls have been replaced with a pair of smartphone-like touch-sensitive panels that allow the driver to swipe and press through menus and functions, while regular buttons for fixed functions (like volume control) are still available underneath.
A new menu structure is also in place to make navigating the Comand system menus easier and more efficient. Voice activation, and the central Comand controller is also still available, but Mercedes-Benz has left touchscreen and gesture control operation off the list for the new E-Class.
Interior surfaces have come in for an overhaul too, with a further use of “authentic materials” for interior inlays, as well as extended leather finishes that extend to the dash and door trims. Mercedes-Benz also describes the colour options as including “various shades of brown”, perhaps as a way of keeping potential customers from becoming too excited.
Other interior features include an optional Burmester audio system featuring 3D sound, and configurable LED interior accent lighting that can be changed through 64 colours.
Externally, the E-Class will feature ‘double eyebrow’ running lights, with optional LED headlights featuring multibeam illumination, while the standard tail-lights can be replaced with optional ‘stardust’ rear units that feature full LED illumination likened to the glow of a jet engine.
Look closely in the image above and you'll also catch a glimpse of the frontal styling of the new E-Class, shown in a design sketch on the studio wall. The image below gives a look at how the 'traditional' instrument cluster will appear.
Full and final details of the new E-Class sedan are expected to be revealed at January’s Detroit Auto Show, with other members of the E-Class family set to follow later in the new year.