2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe spotted for first time (video)

Mercedes-Benz has been spotted test driving a prototype of the coupe version of the recently-revealed E-Class, which is set to arrive some time next year.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe prototype

The new ‘W213’ E-Class sedan was only revealed last month, showcasing a fresh design theme with rounded headlights and smoother panel contours. For the new coupe version, it is expected to follow the same theme.

Not much is revealed in the video below, except for the fact Mercedes is testing such a model. The prototype appears to be wearing heavy camouflage and even some extra cladding over the bonnet and boot lid to further disguise the shape.

We can probably look at the latest C-Class coupe and piece together how the E-Class will look. It’s likely to come with the new beady headlight design, LED taillights, and two- and three-tier front grille layouts depending on the variant level.

A fully-blown AMG version will reportedly join the new coupe range for the first time, sporting a version of the company’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. It’s expected to churn out something like 430kW. The body, however, is set to come with an aggressive bodykit, large alloy wheels, skirts, and a rear diffuser.

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Of course, more mundane versions will also be offered, including fuel-efficient turbo-diesel and petrol units, and potentially an ‘E 450’ with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing upwards of 270kW.

Given the state of this thickly disguised prototype, we probably won’t see the official finished product until the very late stages of this year or even early in 2017. Click play below for a preview.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.