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.
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.