We’ve already made everyone aware that Mercedes is working on an E-Class coupe for the 2017 model year, and now we have a rendering of what it might look like, thanks to TopSpeed.
Using available spy photographs of the car while it’s been out testing in the wild, combined with details that are known about the coupe, TopSpeed got to work. It’s not an easy feat, considering that Mercedes has been pretty tight-lipped about the car, and its reveal is likely not going to happen for a while.
Thanks to the E-Class sedan being officially out, some of the guesswork on the coupe is a little bit easier. Mercedes has gone above and beyond to cover up the car, including using bulky padding under the camo and a mesh grille concealer. It’s kind of like how Ford worked overtime to disguise the new Mustang when it was out testing.
As you can see from the rendering, TopSpeed thinks that many exterior design elements will be similar to the E-Class sedan. This is especially true when looking at the front and rear ends. However, the profile is dramatically different, with a sportier feel that hearkens to other coupes in Mercedes’ current lineup.
Expect essentially the same interior look as the E-Class sedan, only with a smaller rear seat area. The drivetrains should also be shared, including the entry-level turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, which puts out 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-cylinder and diesel should also be in the mix. Of course, AMG will get its hands on the coupe, applying its potent bi-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine for an explosive 550 horsepower.
This new Mercedes E-Class coupe is a product of the German automakers racing to create quite a few niche vehicles. While this has resulted in some weird creations like the X6, this time around the outcome is a thing of beauty and fun performance. It will stack up against the BMW 6 Series coupe, which has enjoyed solid success in different markets.