Seen here in both saloon and estate forms, Mercedes is giving the E-Class a major exterior makeover.
Although these pictures show a heavily disguised prototype, we know that changes will include new cleaner, single-section headlights, while the bulge over the rear wheelarch will be removed in favour of a horizontal crease.
There will be a modified grille and front bumper, as well as a set of revised tail-lights and a lightly sculpted bumper.
Engines will be carried over from the current line-up, meaning a wide range of efficient petrol and diesels, as well as the new ultra-efficient E300 BlueTEC Hybrid.
The new car will be identical in size to the existing E-Class, and will stay at the top of its class in terms of bootspace and interior practicality.
Expect the entry-level E200 BlueEFFICIENCY SE saloon to start at around £30,000, when it arrives early next year. The Estate version will follow shortly afterwards.