Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the all-new Mercedes E-Class Coupe. Less than 24 hours after the reveal of 2017 E-Class’ interior, our spy photographers have caught the two-door GT testing.
With its sedan brother not yet officially unveiled, the upcoming E-Class Coupe gets ready to join the rejuvenated range in 2017. The Coupe will be the third of four initial models to launch in the new E-Class lineup, following the four-door sedan and five-door estate.
The sporty model will be leaning heavily on the saloon with which shares its mechanical package for styling inspiration. The heavy pieces of duct tape covering most of the exterior can’t hide the fact the new E-Class Coupe is also set to reflect the styling direction of the gorgeous S-Class Coupe, while retaining the pillar-less solution used by its bigger sibling.
The E-Class sedan parallels stop from the A-pillar onwards. The new Coupe features unique detailing such as the long frameless doors, a heavily plunging roofline, prominent hunches over the rear wheel arches, a generously tapered glasshouse, acutely angled rear window, high-set bootlid, horizontally mounted tail-lights and trapezoidal tailpipes integrated into the lower section of the rear bumper.
New from the ground up, Mercedes’ new Coupe will be based on the same MRA platform used by the E-Class sedan. Modular fresh engines constructed from a multiple of identical 0.5-liter cylinders will take center stage with all-new four and L6 six-cylinder (code M256) units making their debut right from the outset. The new family of 3-liter twin-turbo inline-6 engines will develop as much as 430 hp while at the upper end of the range the AMG 63 will offer at least 560 hp courtesy of the AMG sourced 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 of GT fame. A Plug-In Hybrid is also earmarked for production with the power of the electric engine expected to range from 102 HP to 122 HP compared with the current output of 82 to 116 HP.
Diesel fans will also be happy to hear the 2017 Mercedes E-Class will debut alongside a new range of oil-burners, codenamed OM654. Also, no three-cylinder for the E-Class as the base 4-cylinder engine lifted straight from the C-Class remaining the smallest engine in the line-up. Mercedes canceled the three-cylinder program for refinement reasons – the smaller units are said to vibrate excessively if mounted longitudinally.
The all-new 2017 Mercedes E-Class Coupe will debut in late 2016 with first deliveries expected to take place next Autumn.