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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe official photos leaked

 
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The previous Mercedes-Benz CLK was something of an enigma - built around the C-Class platform, styled like the E-Class, and priced in between the two, the car sat in its own unique segment with no direct competition from its German rivals. The new E-Class Coupe, however, is based on the recently unveiled 2010 E-Class platform. That car, previously caught only in spy photos, today leaked onto the web.

The new photos reveal a final product very close in appearance to the preview renderings we brought you back in September. The strong front-to-rear side character lines are met at the rear fender with a bulging flare, and the continuous geometric arch of the roof makes it clear that this isn't a typical E-Class sedan.

The E-Class coupe's predecessor, the CLK, had a strong sales history, especially in the U.S., and despite the expected end of the CLK name, its successor - the E-Class Coupe and Convertible - will likely continue that sales tradition. The car in the leaked photos is certainly attractive, so given proper pricing and performance, it's a very strong argument for success.

Previously spotted near production-ready test mules for the E-Class Coupe and Cabrio near Mercedes headquarters in Germany revealed much of what the car would eventually look like. As expected, the car draws heavily from the recent ConceptFASCINATION. For the yet-unseen cabrio variant, it is expected that in keeping with its more upmarket positioning a new folding metal roof will be standard equipment.

Powertrains should include the new 272hp (203kW) 3.5L V6 engine as well as Mercedes’ 5.5L V8 for the E500 Coupe flagship. An even more powerful AMG version is all but guaranteed, sporting a 481hp (359kW) version of the hand built 6.2L V8 engine. The E-Class Coupe will be offered with optional 4Matic AWD and could possibly come with a new mild-hybrid option further down the track.

The decision to move the CLK to the E-Class platform will allow Mercedes to introduce a new entry-level coupe and convertible based on the C-Class, finally providing the carmaker with a direct competitor to BMW’s popular 3-series two-door models. You can see a preview of such a car in our previous story by clicking here.

The story doesn’t end there, however, as Mercedes is also expected to launch a new ‘shooting brake’ model based on the ConceptFASCINATION. The car will be the first production model based on the new E-Class platform - in the same way that the A5 Coupe was the first iteration of Audi’s new modular platform used in the A4 and future A6. An estate model is also expected.

The new E-Class Coupe and Cabrio are expected to make their world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Leak via: Autoblog.nl

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  1. "Early look at Mercedes' upcoming E-Class Coupe and Cabrio"

    The current Mercedes-Benz CLK is something of an enigma - built around the C-Class platform, styled like the E-Class, and priced in between the two, the car sits in its own unique segment and has no direct competition from its German rivals.

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  2. Nice looking car!
     
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  3. Love it, good competition for the BMW 6 series (The 2 door version of the BMW 5 series) and the CTS coupe (Since the CTS is 5 series sized).
     
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  4. Not bad....make mine an AMG please...
     
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  5. beautiful car, the updated front styling puts the previous model to death. does anyone else think that the rear looks a bit toyota-like?
     
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  6. I love it but the real question is what will the interior look like?
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  7. thats true, because the car isn't particularly exciting, the car obviously needs a damn good interior so people will want to always be cruisin in it. im sure it will be fine mercedes iteriors have been pretty good lately.
     
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  8. Headlights are a little too close to the Lexus GS300, body style too close to the Honda Accord Coupe, and the tail lights are just horrible. I'm not much of a Mercedes kind of guy, so maybe that's it.
     
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  9. ha yea true with all those things 'rice1' when i think baout it if you take the badge off i would have thought it was a honda for sure.
     
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  10. Give it the twin turbo engines from the 5 series, including the straight 6 for America
     
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  11. Rear haunches look rather like the Bentley GT coupe, theres too many styles taken from other car makers for this to even begin to look good.
     
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  12. @NoNameDenton:

    how can a CLK be compatition to a BMW 6 series?
    It costs half the price, literaly.
    Its like comparing the Bently GTC to the RR drophead.
    The clks compatition will be the 3 series and A5.
     
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  13. I am honestly not certain if I have ever seen worst proportions on a car of this calibre. The BMW 5 series was bad enough and MB did them one better. Audi has been a design leader for the last 5 to 7 years. I thought the introduction of the CLS was truly a new direction for MB. A very promising one, yet this is simply atrocious!
     
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