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2017 Mercedes-Benz E350 stuffs the most connected-car technology ever in a conservative wrapper (pictures)

Mercedes' E-Class mainstay may borrow its looks from its C- and S-Class stablemates, but underneath is a whole other world of connected-car wizardry, advanced safety features and next-generation luxury.

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2017 E-Class front three-quarter view
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You could be forgiven for mistaking the new E-Class for its C- or S-Class siblings.

2017 E-Class dead-on profile view
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Some E-Class versions have a coefficient of drag of just 0.23.

2017 E-Class rear three-quarter view
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The 2017 E-Class has less-fussy flanks thank its forbearer.

2017 E-Class rear view
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The E-Class' rear is its least distinctive aspect.

2017 E-Class front view
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A more traditional grille and hood ornament is available, but 90% of US cars will look like this.

2017 E-Class front fender view
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Handsome split five-spoke wheels show off the brake discs well.

2017 E-Class wheel pattern detail
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Note the wheel's use of machine surfacing and gloss black paint.

2017 E-Class headlamp detail
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The E-Class' 86-LED headlamps have amazing features that we won't get in the US until Washington approves.

2017 E-Class rear three-quarter taillamp detail
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"Stardust-effect" lights are more impressive-looking at night, we're told.

2017 E-Class rear dead-on taillamp detail
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E300 badging means four-cylinder power under hood.

2017 E-Class side mirror detail
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Sport trim models get contrasting black side mirror caps.

2017 E-Class exhaust outlet detail
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Dual exhausts are nicely integrated into the rear fascia.

2017 E-Class dashboard overview
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The E-Class' office looks like a shrunken-down S-Class dashboard, and that's a good thing.

2017 E-Class gauge cluster view
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One of five distinct gauge cluster themes. This one is oddly EV-esque.

2017 E-Class steering wheel controls
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New steering-wheel controls allow intuitive swipe and scroll ability.

2017 E-Class COMAND infotainment selector
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Mercedes' familiar COMAND infotainment jog wheel.

2017 E-Class COMAND controller side view
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Mercedes COMAND jog wheel looks more elegant from this aspect.

2017 E-Class navigation map screen
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An overview of the navigation map screen with satellite overlay.

2017 E-Class climate control screen
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2017 E-Class climate control screen.

2017 E-Class USB2 media screen
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2017 E-Class USB2 media screen.

2017 E-Class smartphone screen
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The 12.3-inch center console display is vibrant and crisp.

2017 E-Class driver's seat detail
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Comfortable power seats are available in a variety of leather and faux-leather finishes.

2017 E-Class front seats
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Adjustable airline-style flaps on the headrests are a nice touch.

2017 E-Class rear seats
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The rear seats are slightly roomier than before thanks to that wheelbase stretch.

2017 E-Class trunk space
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At 14.1 cubic feet, the 2017 E-Class' trunk is slightly larger than before.

2017 E-Class power seat controls
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Power seat controls are conveniently located on the door.

2017 E-Class tweeters and air vent
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Mercifully, interior accent lighting is switchable to one of 64 different colors.

2017 E-Class 2.0T engine side view
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The engine bay may not be much to look at, but the 2.0T is torquey and well behaved.

2017 E-Class 2.0T dead-on front view
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Regardless of what C-Class engine you choose, a new nine-speed automatic is standard.

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