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The crew from CAR laid out what the future holds for Mercedes' two-door offerings and now its tapped Larson to render what the forthcoming E-class coupe will look like ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next year.
Taking cues from the Fascination concept unveiled in Paris, the sporty E-class features a pair of drawn and halved headlamps that nix the oval units fitted to Mercs in the last decade, along with a pair of highly stylized rear fenders sporting a two-tiered blister that flows into the reworked rear end.

Engine choices will range from 184 hp four-cylinders (E200k) to an E63 AMG variant putting down 481 hp, while a 525 hp Black Series version will be offered further down the line. Seven-speed automatics will proliferate throughout the range, along with direct injection on all gasoline-powered models.

Having learned from past mistakes, Mercedes-Benz will throttle back some of its high-tech features, nixing the brake-by-wire system, along with the air suspension and active body control. But all won't be lost. When the convertible version arrives six months after the coupe, Mercedes will offer it with a heated fabric roof to keep occupants warm in the winter, while infra-red night vision, hard-drive navigation and front seats that tilt and slide to ease ingress and egress will keep Mercedes' owners in their element.

The 2009 E-class coupe (code-named C206) should arrive in June, while the drop-top variant (A206) will follow later next year.

[Source: CAR]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like a toy to me...
      • 6 Years Ago
      E 63 AMG with 481 hp, that is so disappointing. The Black Series version with 525 hp should be standard. I hope that these facts isn't real. And the fact, that Mercedes call it E-class coupe now instead of CLK, I don't like that either. Bad news.
        • 6 Years Ago
        481 doesn't dissapoint me at all.

        I'm driving an S-CLASS 550 right now that only has 382.

        I've NEVER Liked the bulging lamp design of the E-class but this new Rhombic design has got me excited. My God, if the next S-class is like this, I'm gonna be so dissapointed to upgrade because I won't be able to get along with out it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mercedes are you out of your mind? You already cannibalise enough sales with your whole crazy lineup (CL coupe and SL hardtop conv. E-Class and CLS class.) Now you want to make an E class coupe. A high end multiple passenger vehicle with two doors and a V8 in 550, 600, 63 and 65AMG versions.

      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Heated fabric roof sound like a fire hazard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im seeing a lexus GS430 with a few sharper angles. Headlights and taillights are screaming lexus to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      E-Class coupe? isn't that what a CLK is?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The CLK was based on the C class.
        Mercedes is calling this upcoming model the E class coupe.
        I hope they're not building it off the C class or renaming the CLK.
        Buyers may feel duped when they find out even if they justify it by giving it more E class parts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Mercedes-Benz will throttle back some of its high-tech features, nixing ... active body control"

      That's a pity, really. The ABC system can be expensive to fix when it acts up, and I'm sure that in 20 or 30 years it will be every bit as problematic-if not more so-as the hydropneumatic system on the 450SEL 6.9 and (optional, in Europe only) the 560SEL was, but it's an awesome system when it works properly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Forgive my ignorance, but don't new Audi's have a similar system? If so, isn't Audi's simplier?