Autocar reports that the next generation W212 E-Class will be unveiled in September 2008 – less than a year from now. Once again Mercedes Benz will be trying to get a younger generation of customers, and the new car will gain more hard edged looks, like its two siblings the new S-Class and the new C-Class.
The new Mercedes Benz E-Class will also get direct injection engines for its high end engines, probably the same new direct injected 3.5 litre V6 found in the Mercedes Benz CLS350 CGI. The new lean-burn CGI engine manages a fuel consumption of 9.1 to 9.3 litres per 100km in the European driving cycle, and delivers 292 horsepower and 365Nm of torque over 3,000 to 5,100rpm – an extra 20 horsepower and 4% more torque compared to the conventionally injected 3.5 litre V6.
The torque to displacement ratio also exceeds the usual slightly below 100Nm per litre ratio for normally aspirated engines.
For Malaysians, it would be interesting to see whether the E200K replacement gets a new turbocharged engine or not… as many feel the M271 is getting abit old.