The all-new E-Class was
last month at the Detroit Auto Show, bearing a brand-new face and an updated platform. Today our spy photographers have captured images of a stretched-wheelbase limousine variant in testing.
Clearly sporting the new E-Class face, the limo spied is still in the earlier stages of testing, judging by the mis-matched character line along the side of the car. The car is believed to be a test mule for an upcoming long-wheelbase (LWB) variant.
Little is thus far known about the car, but it can be expected to use the same running gear found throughout the rest of the new E-Class lineup, though likely only paired with the larger engines. Probable candidates include the upper-end V8 petrol engines and the range-topping diesel V8 generating up to 354hp (264kW), found in the E500.
A V6 petrol-electric hybrid powertrain similar to the one featured in the S400 hybrid
could also be employed, though that system isn't due to hit the E-Class until after 2010. A previous aftermarket stretch-limo E-Class built by Binz
featured a choice of E220, E270 or E350 diesel powerplants, however, indicating that any of the current E-Class crop of engines may be up to the job.
Spy shots: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Limousine