We’ve already seen the E-Class Coupé testing in prototype form. But in all those previous shots, the two-door Merc was seen wearing heavy cladding to disguise its styling cues. However, these latest spy shots show the E-Class Coupe being tested with no cladding and just a little bit of camo film stuck on parts of its body. And from what we see here, there isn’t likely any surprises in terms of design. The overall styling follows the same curvy, flowing lines of the larger S-Class Coupé and the smaller two-door C-Class, while the overall dimensions seem to be slightly more generous than that of the current model.
The new E-Class Coupé will be underpinned by the same MRA platform debuted in the current C-Class, which also forms the basis of the E-Class saloon. This was not the case with the current model, which did not share its architecture with its four-door sibling. Having sampled the new saloon a while ago, we are pretty sure this model will be dynamically better endowed than the outgoing model.
Powertrain options are also likely to be the same as the four-door’s, with a range of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines on offer. And like the saloon, it will come equipped with a nine-speed transmission too. Madder, AMG-tuned versions as well as more fuel efficient hybrid variants are likely to be introduced in due course. The first of the AMG variants could be a relatively mild E43, while an extreme M6-baiting E63 Coupé is sure to be introduced as well.
Seeing the minimal amount of camouflage this prototype is wearing, an official debut could be as early as the Detroit show early next year, or latest in March at Geneva. Either way, we’ll bring you more info and pictures as the development progresses.