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Who said diesels were dull? The one in the 2016 Mercedes E-Class will rock 400 HP

Mercedes-Benz is in the midst of a big upward shift with its models, since the debut of the entry-level CLA-class. Even though the E-Class is an exceedingly luxurious sedan, the German automaker is keen to improve it.

According to GTSpirit, the next-gen Mercedes E-Class is set to appear in 2016. No special models are slated for debut, just the standard edition.

The E-class platform will remain roughly the same but the fifth generation E-Class will more drivetrain options, including a twin-turbocharged straight-six that makes 376 horsepower or a tuned-up version of that same motor, which could produce around 435 hp. A new 2.9-liter turbo diesel could be the second option. The power output of which could be anywhere from 300 to 400 hp and 400 to 500 pound-feet of torque.

Mercedes-Benz will always have its sights set on rivaling with BMW and Audi, so the new turbo-diesel drivetrain should compete directly with BMW’s TwinPower and Audi’s excellent twin-turbo diesel setup.

Of course the E-Class would not be complete without a hybrid variant. The hybrid will likely be powered by a 170-hp diesel or four-cylinder gas engine bolted to an electric motor, which supposedly will produce 120hp on its own.