A prototype for Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation E-Class has been spotted, revealing that designers have adopted a much sleeker look for the new Mercedes mid-sizer than the somewhat angular look the past three generations have worn. The vehicle should go on sale late next year, as a 2017 model.

After a series of concept versions, BMW’s plug-in hybrid X5 has finally been revealed in production trim. The vehicle, which is badged an “X5 xDrive40e”, is expected to go on sale before the year is out, making it a 2016 model.

Automotive supplier Delphi is out to demonstrate its autonomous car capability by sending an Audi Q5 packed with its most advanced self-driving technology on a coast-to-coast trip. In addition to being able to handle itself on highways, the vehicle can instantaneously make complex decisions, like stopping and then proceeding at a four-way stop, timing a highway merge or calculating the safest maneuver around a cyclist or other object on a city street.

You’ll find all of these and more in today’s car news, right here at Motor Authority.

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