W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class teaser sketch

Just a week before the world premiere of the W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show on January 11, Stuttgart has kicked off the new year by releasing a new teaser sketch of the upcoming executive sedan, showing – in rather broad strokes, at least – what it will look like.

Here, the new E-Class is portrayed to look very much like a larger W205 C-Class, although previous spyshots indicate that a more upright greenhouse should help it distance itself from its smaller, more athletic-looking sibling.

Details that can be picked up include the new headlight design with a large Multibeam LED module (with 84 diodes compared to 24 on the facelifted CLS) closer to the centre of the car, along with a larger grille and a single, full-width lower air intake on non-AMG Line models that further set it apart from the rest of the lineup.

The headlight design has also been revealed in rather dramatic fashion in a separate video that shows the movement of the adaptive Multibeam LED system. The film also offers a brief glimpse of the front end, showing the massive, upright front grille.

Mercedes-Benz has already revealed the interior of the next-generation E-Class, showing the S-Class-inspired dashboard, twin 12.3-inch displays on higher-end models, new digital instrument cluster and COMAND Online display graphics, steering wheel-mounted touch pads to control the infotainment system as well as an impressive new 23-speaker Burmeister sound system.

E-Class Interior

The company has also detailed the technologies that will come, including expanded smartphone integration – your phone can now serve as a key, as well as guide the car in and out of parking spaces via the Remote Parking Pilot function. Safety technologies like Active Brake Assist also get a bump up, capable of scanning other lanes for cars and initiating braking earlier if it senses an evasive manoeuvre is impossible.

Other features include the new Evasive Steering Assist, Distance Pilot Distronic with Speed Limit Pilot and Active Lane Keeping Assist, semi-autonomous Active Lane Change Assist as well as an uprated Pre-Safe system – the latter now protects your ears in a loud crash, and pushes you closer to the centre of the car using the inflatable seat bolsters to provide more survival space in the event of a side impact.

GALLERY: W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior