2010 Mercedes E-Class Appears Early: First Official Photos

Official images of the forthcoming 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class have been leaked onto the internet ahead of the luxury sedan's planned debut in 2009. Known internally by its W212 chassis moniker, the new mid-size executive sedan from Mercedes-Benz adopts a more angular styling which tries to evoke the robustness of the mid-1980s - early-1990s E-Class range. Judging by these photos, we reckon that Merc's designers did it in a much less classy way, but we'll have to wait to see the sedan in real life for a safer verdict.

There are no official details concern the car, but according to our sources, the new E-Class will boast an updated engine line-up with several new and revised gasoline and Bluetec diesel powerplants including a base 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol unit and Merc's new 204 HP 2.2-liter turbo diesel. Furthermore, the German firm will enhance its BMW 5-Series rival with a range-topping AMG variant equipped with a slightly tweaked version of the current model's 6.2-liter V8 engine producing close to 550HP as well as diesel-hybrid and petrol-hybrid versions.

Later on in the year, Mercedes-Benz will present a more practical Estate version along with a Coupe model that will replace today's CLK. The latter will be heavily inspired from the Paris Motor Show ConceptFascination study.

Via: Germancarzone