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Mercedes-Benz shows digital dashboard for new E-Class at CES 2016 (pictures)

Mercedes-Benz will unveil its updated E-Class model at the Detroit auto show starting January 11, but at CES 2016 we are getting an early look at the car's dashboard electronics.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class dashboard
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The dashboard displays for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class are being shown here at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. There are two 12.3-inch LCD panels, one for the instrument cluster and one for infotainment and navigation.

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While this is like previous E-Class cars in having a controller on the console for choosing navigation, music, phone contacts and other functions, these steering-wheel-mounted controls are new. The glossy black component is actually a solid-state touch sensor, which lets you drag across and vertically to scroll through menus.

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The instrument panel, showing virtual gauges, is completely configurable, with different displays for the tachometer position. Here it shows an efficiency display.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class dashboard
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With the steering-wheel controller, you can change the right-hand gauge to show navigation.

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Even better, you can get into the system settings and completely change the look of the instrument panel. These black-and-yellow gauges are intended to give the panel a sport look.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class dashboard
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BMW has redesigned its main panel software, with new icons and menus for navigation, stereo, phone and other functions.

Follow all CNET's coverage of CES 2016 here.

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