Our spies based at and around the Nürburgring have spotted Mercedes while putting the finishing touches on the next-generation E-Class Coupe currently undergoing last-minute testing. The prototype still had a considerable amount of camouflage on its sleek body, but even so it’s easy to see the styling will echo the model’s brothers, the C-Class and E-Class Coupes. That’s both good and bad news at the same time since while those two coupes are no doubt stylish and elegant, some people would have hoped for a bit more diversity to spice things up in the lineup.

On the tech side, we are happy to report there’s good news on all fronts since the next E-Class Coupe will be an all-new model and will finally drop the C-Class underpinnings of its predecessor. It will make the switch to the MRA platform set to bring a considerable weight loss and will use just about the same engines as the other two members of the E-Class family on sale today, the sedan and wagon. That being said, we are still keeping our fingers crossed for the return of silky smooth inline-six engines rumored to make a comeback as early as next year, and in our opinion the E-Class Coupe is a viable candidate to get this new family of powertrains.

In regards to the interior, the posh grand tourer’s cabin will be largely carried over from the other E-Class models, but there are going to be some subtle changes to the dashboard with a modified look for the air vents and a few other modifications, including new seats. The prototype's roll cage obviously won't make it to the production model as it's only being used during the testing phase.

Mercedes E-Class coupe rendering

Following the introduction of the standard E-Class Coupe expected to occur in the first half of 2017, Mercedes-AMG will then come out with a flagship E63 model bound to arrive at some point in 2018. The old E-Class Coupe was not available in this specification, but the company with the three-pointed star logo has admitted that was a mistake that won’t be made with the new generation. The same thing goes for the E-Class Convertible, which is due in 2018, and will be shortly followed by a full-blown E63 rocking the same biturbo 4.0-liter V8.

Meanwhile, Mercedes is gearing up to introduce the E63 Sedan next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The AWD- and automatic-only midsize sedan will have as much as 604 horsepower (450 kilowatts) and 626 pound-feet (850 Newton-meters) of torque in the top-spec S version, so look for the exact same numbers in the coupe and all of the other E63 body styles.

Attached below is a spy photo gallery with another prototype spotted earlier this month.

Gallery: 2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe spy photos

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