Mercedes will launch an all-new E-class in September next year.The new E-class will target a new generation of younger and more dynamic customers, with the first move towards this being dramatically altered styling.We’ve seen enough from road-going prototypes now to ascertain that the new Mercedes cans the soft, rounded look, cultivated over the past two generations. As this Autocar image shows, it will have a tauter, edgier appearance inspired by the new C-class, including a clamshell-style bonnet, prominent swage lines along the flanks and a high boot line.Lightweight construction techniques will be used to help ensure the new 5-series and E-class do not gain much weight. Mercedes will use a full steel structure with greater use of tailored blanks to keep the kilograms in check.Mercedes is finally planning to use direct injection, with the adoption of the 3.5-litre V6 already offered in the CLS350 GDI. It will also introduce a new range of V8s. Based on the existing 4.5 and 5.5-litre units, they receive direct injection and other tweaks to boost efficiency and economy.Crucially, the E-class will be available as a hybrid by 2010, and all the diesel models will be fitted with the BlueTec technology already on sale in the US. Mercedes has set targets of 47mpg and 150g/km for the most eco-friendly E-class.
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