Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its new E-Class sedan. but the four-door notchback is just the first of a handful of variants similar to what’s offered with the current generation. We’ve already spied the new wagon, long-wheelbase Mercedes-Maybach and high-performance Mercedes-AMG E63, and now we have more spy shots of the new E-Class Coupe.
Judging from the shots, it doesn’t appear that Mercedes will be pulling any surprises with the design of new E-Class Coupe. The general size and proportions appear to match the current model, while the finer details will likely be a cross between elements on the C-Class Coupe and S-Class Coupe that this model will sit between.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienEnlarge Photo
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 that the E-Class Coupe will be available with 4Matic all-wheel drive, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Other powertrains will include four- and six-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, which will include automatic lane changing, as well as a lavish interior (E-Class sedan interior pictured) complete with two huge display screens replacing the usual dashboard displays. The dash should look almost the same as the one found in the S-Class range.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interiorEnlarge Photo
This prototype already appears to be at a late stage so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the final version within the next 12-18 months. Sales should commence by the fall of 2017, making it a 2018 model.
Note, a new E-Class Cabriolet is also in the works. We’ll also be seeing a new generation of the swoopy CLS, which once again will be closely related to the E-Class. Stay tuned for prototypes of both cars in the coming year.