Spotted with very little camo at Mercedes' R&D center in Sindelfingen, Germany.
Bearing a striking resemblance to its two brothers, the C- and S-Class Coupes, the new E-Class Coupe was masking its headlights as well as the rear half of the car under a body-coloured wrap. Mercedes decided to hide the coupe’s window line aft the doors in a bid to maintain somewhat of a mystery until the car’s full reveal scheduled to take place next month in Detroit at 2017 NAIAS.
While the exterior will be a mixture of the C and S, the interior cabin will have more in common with the latter, as evidenced by the new E-Class Sedan and Estate. No longer will the coupe be based on a stretched platform of the C-Class Coupe like the outgoing car since the new model is getting its own underpinnings from the MFA platform.
Another major plus the next generation is bringing is the availability of a full-on AMG model, although it will probably arrive several months later after the regular version. There are actually going to be two Mercedes-AMG E63 Coupe models, with the standard car packing 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, whereas the E63 S will have 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. The biturbo 4.0-litre V8 will channel all that power to both axles through a nine-speed automatic transmission, while the E63 Sedan’s Drift Mode should be carried over to effectively transform the high-performance coupe into a RWD car for tail-happy experiences.
Further down the line, an array of brand new silky smooth inline-six engines will likely be added following their introduction next year on the facelifted S-Class. The gasoline unit will have over 408 hp and in excess of 369 lb-ft of torque, while the diesel is going to be rated at 313 hp. Keep in mind these numbers are going to be applicable for the revised S-Class, so the E-Class might not get the exact same outputs.
Also in 2017, the E-Class Convertible will be unveiled, quite possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show set for September. It too will spawn a pair of E63 versions, as well as a warm E43 derivative with a biturbo 3.0-litre V6 producing 396 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque to further broaden the E family.