Spotted with very little camo at Mercedes' R&D center in Sindelfingen, Germany.

Bearing a striking resemblance to its two brothers, the C- and S-Class Coupes, the new E-Class Coupe was masking its headlights as well as the rear half of the car under a body-colored wrap. Mercedes decided to hide the coupe’s window line aft the doors in a bid to maintain somewhat of a mystery until the car’s full reveal scheduled to take place next month in Detroit at 2017 NAIAS.

While the exterior will be a mixture of the C and S, the interior cabin will have more in common with the latter, as evidenced by the new E-Class Sedan and Estate. No longer will the coupe be based on a stretched platform of the C-Class Coupe like the outgoing car since the new model is getting its own underpinnings from the MFA platform.

2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe spy photo
2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe spy photo

Another major plus the next generation is bringing is the availability of a full-on AMG model, although it will probably arrive several months later after the regular version. There are actually going to be two Mercedes-AMG E63 Coupe models, with the standard car packing 563 horsepower (420 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet of torque (750 Newton meters) whereas the E63 S will have 603 hp (450 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm). The biturbo 4.0-liter V8 will channel all that power to both axles through a nine-speed automatic transmission, while the E63 Sedan’s Drift Mode should be carried over to effectively transform the high-performance coupe into a RWD car for tail-happy experiences.

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Further down the line, an array of brand new silky smooth inline-six engines will likely be added following their introduction next year on the facelifted S-Class. The gasoline unit will have over 408 hp (300 kW) and in excess of 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) while the diesel is going to be rated at 313 hp (230 kW). Keep in mind these numbers are going to be applicable for the revised S-Class, so the E-Class might not get the exact same outputs.

Also in 2017, the E-Class Convertible will be unveiled, quite possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show set for September. It too will spawn a pair of E63 versions, as well as a warm E43 derivative with a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 producing 396 hp (295 kW) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) to further broaden the E family.

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