Mercedes-Benz has launched a new generation of its E-Class but so far all we’ve seen is the sedan. The notchback is just the first of a handful of different bodystyles similar to what’s offered with the outgoing model.
A long-wheelbase E-Class L has debuted in China and we have spy shots of a new wagon, convertible and high-performance Mercedes-AMG E63.
Today, we have some additional spy shots of the new E-Class Coupe.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Judging from the shots, it doesn’t appear Mercedes will be pulling any surprises with the design of new E-Class Coupe. The proportions appear to match the outgoing model though the size is slightly larger. The finer details will likely be a cross between elements on the C-Class Coupe and S-Class Coupe the car will sit between.
Underpinning the car is the modular rear-wheel-drive platform known as the MRA, which debuted in the latest C-Class. It should ensure the new E-Class Coupe is lighter and more dynamic than the model it replaces. Adoption of the MRA platform also means the E-Class Coupe will be available with 4Matic all-wheel drive, a 9-speed automatic transmission, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Other powertrains will include 4- and 6-cylinder units, in both gasoline and diesel flavors. Of course, there will also be a high-performance E63 Coupe from Mercedes-AMG. It will adopt the tuner’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 and have an output close to 600 horsepower.
Another benefit of the MRA platform are all the tech features it affords. The list includes advanced autonomous driving capabilities as well as a lavish interior (E-Class sedan interior pictured) complete with two display screens replacing the usual dashboard displays.
This prototype already appears to be at a late stage so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the final version within the next 12 months. Sales should commence by the fall of 2017, making it a 2018 model.
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