Automakers need halo cars. They bring people into the showroom and demonstrate just what their engineers can do. Typically those range-topping vehicles come in the form of sports cars – think Audi R8, Dodge Viper, Lexus LFA et al – but Mercedes-Benz is reportedly taking another direction. That's because these exotic supercars tend to sell in small numbers (almost by definition), while – for Mercedes-Benz – mid-size luxury sedans like the E-Class sell in much bigger numbers. As such, the Silver Star automaker is planning on making its next halo car a four-door sedan (of sorts).

A couple months ago, we brought you initial word of Daimler's plans to make a super-lightweight, carbon-fiber E-Class, and now further details have found their way into the bloggosphere. Dubbed the E Superlight, the sedan is tipped to share its footprint with the E-Class, its size with the CLS and its price with the S-Class. For that, buyers would get a state-of-the-art sedan made from carbon fiber sitting at the very cutting edge of what Stuttgart's finest are capable of achieving.

That's right, the E Superlight isn't a mere concept car: reports from overseas indicate that Daimler is actually planning on building it, with production earmarked to begin in 2015 and to come fully online by 2017. A hydrogen fuel cell is expected to provide the motivation at least in the beginning, but more conventional powertrains are also said to be in the mix. Once it's made its point, Mercedes can lift the halo back where it usually sits, atop the replacement for the current SLS AMG supercar.


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      Nathan Carl Lewis
      • 3 Years Ago
      That 3d model is tessellated to all hell... Most likely a downloaded model, some small view tweaking to match it up to the photo, and some work with layer transparency to do the trick... Ugh... To the graphic artist of Auto Blog, or if not who ever created this imagine. How about some nice edge looped quads... That would be sexy... Aside from that bit, a carbon fiber e class would be nifty. I think carbon fiber is the right step for the automotive industry in uni-body construction considering as the years have gone by and safety regulations have become more tight these days. Consider comparing what a Compact car is now days compared to the late 80's or 90's. Ill give you a for instance. A small car these days like say the 2012 Kia Rio5 weighs in at 2,410 lbs. Now that's not that bad for a car these days considering a Mini these days weighs in at 2,535 lbs and that is a smaller and more pricey car for more money. But car comparison aside, something like the now practically forgotten 1987 Chevy Sprint Turbo or any other variants of the popular Suzuki Swift (outside of the US), didn't weigh more than 1,900 lbs during its life cycle! And actually the Turbo Sprint was at 1,600 lbs! Now I know these cars didn't feature as many safety features if at all. But the point is power to weight ratio is something that should be taken back into consideration, which I am sure it is. But to slim down today's "fatties" to something near where these ancestor were around would net you something everyone would want. Better fuel economy and better performance. Especially with the ever so more advanced power trains offered in today's vehicles. Well That is my two cents.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nathan Carl Lewis
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          Nathan Carl Lewis
          • 3 Years Ago
          Refer to this: http://thegarageblog.com/garage/forgotten-sporty-cars-chevy-sprint-turbo/ this... : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJJSrdVct-4 This... : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_Cultus and this... : http://www.teamswift.net Read on friend and become that much wiser. Unless its sarcasm that doesn't translate over text very well, in which I congratulate you.
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nathan Carl Lewis
        The new VW UP! weights 1883lbs, yeah, it's still heavier but it has a wheelbase 7in longer while being 3in shorter in overall length than the Cultus while complying with the latest safety regulations, the path of lighter cars has already been taken by several manufacturers, the results are yet to come.
      Britt Benston
      • 3 Years Ago
      Surely it will cost over $100K. Akin to a Camry made of aerospace-grade titanium.
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        @Britt Benston
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        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        All aluminum unibody + Carbon fiber panels? Its doable.
      EvoVIII
      • 3 Years Ago
      Err.... sure! Why not.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will MBZ call it ESL?
      David J. Bernstein
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think that's a rather daring approach for a luxury sedan. I wonder if there will be an AMG version of this...that's gotta be brutally fast and totally insane! All that power and virtually "no weight"? Holy crap!
      Sharpie
      • 3 Years Ago
      How would one repair this vehicle if it needed a rail? Or is this just carbon fiber skins and they keep HSS inner structure?
      Sean
      • 3 Years Ago
      this will never be built.
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