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Your 2017 Mercedes E-Class is going to arrive later than expected

Apparently, some regulatory hurdles still stand between Daimler's latest new car and the dealerships ready to sell 'em.

Sure, the E-Class has a pretty face, but unlike the line at the bar, having a pretty face isn't going to get you past the feds any faster.

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When an automaker unveils a brand-new model, you might think that everything on the back end is arranged and ready for that car's subsequent arrival on our shores. That's not always the case. In fact, some new cars can face delays thanks to this back-end drama, as is currently the case with the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Speaking to Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler, Automotive News points out that the entry-level E300 was originally slated to go on sale this month. Sadly, the feds have not yet approved the new vehicle for sale, so even though the cars might be sitting in the US, they can't legally be sold yet.

"We hope we get certification quickly," Exler told Automotive News during a press event. "The process is a little bit more difficult to predict than it was in the past. But feedback is good, and, hopefully, it will go fast." While Mercedes-Benz did not immediately reply to a request for comment, a spokesman did tell AN that the new on-sale target date is in July.

The wait is even longer for folks that are interested in better-equipped and more powerful variants, like the brand's high-performance AMG models -- some models won't debut until 2017. This problem isn't just with Mercedes-Benz, though. As AN points out, Volkswagen's diesel malfeasance has taken the skip out of regulators' steps as they slow down and try to ensure that another Dieselgate-like problem won't pop up.