Speculation is that the three-door Mercedes-Benz Fascination Concept unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show will make it into production.

Mercedes-Benz is rumoured to be bringing to market a very interesting vehicle. In 2008 at the Paris Motor Show a concept called the Mercedes-Benz Concept Fascination was unveiled. Most believed it to be a mere concept of what an E-Class Coupe could look like for example, something of a preview. It turns out there were deeper plans for it than that.

Should this three-door estate really make it out of the concept phase it would become part of a growing lineup of cars based on the new E-Class. These are the sedan itself, the coupe, the convertible and the five-door estate.

Premium car manufacturers are inventing new segments on what seems to be a yearly basis. Mercedes-Benz itself was first to market a four-door coupe with the CLS. They would therefore plan and hope for similar levels of success with a three-door estate or shooting brake.

If the same engines found in the E-Class are to be used then we'll see four-cylinder petrols and diesels as well as V6s and V8s being included. An AMG variant? With rumours saying the E-Class Coupe might not offer this powerful option, this model may also end up not receiving AMG treatment.

The Frankfurt Motor Show is expected to showcase the E-Class Estate while the Convertible would soon follow.


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