2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe spy shots

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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

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior

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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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