Yesterday, rumors abounded that Mercedes-Benz might be considering renaming the CLK to reflect its E-Class design cues, and now a preview of the Fascination Concept set to debut at next month’s Paris Motor Show has been revealed. The concept shows what appears to be a CLK ’shooting brake’ style two-door wagon, and the press release that accompanies it confirms Mercedes is working on a ‘future E-Class Coupe,’ previewed by this concept.
The styling of the concept’s front-end is a clear giveaway as to the final design of the next-generation E-Class due next year. That the ConceptFASCINATION, as it is officially named, also closely resembles a possible CLK coupe is obvious. It is even remarkably similar to our preview of the rumored CLK shooting brake from all the way back in April of this year.
The quad-headlight design remains, but instead of the current CLK’s rounded look, they are now sharp-edged parallelograms. Show-car touches include fiber optic accents, but are more likely to be replaced by LEDs in the production model.
The show car also features a long, frameless, side-window line which creates a continuous arc from front to rear, uninterrupted by a B-pillar. The side windows can also be lowered completely, providing an uninterrupted view into the cockpit.
Sitting under its contoured hood is a new four-cylinder diesel engine with both BlueTEC and AdBlue technology, capable of developing up to 204hp (150kW) from its 2.2L displacement.
2008 Mercedes Benz ConceptFascination concept at Paris Motor Show