The highly anticipated North American International Auto Show or Detroit Auto Show will be showcasing the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe. According to reports, the Coupe will be out on sale next year, probably between the first and second quarter of 2017. In fact, the executive class is expected to bear similarities with the current S-Class and C-Class models. That means that the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe will have the modular MRA platform, infotainment system, multi-function steering wheel as well as the dual screen instrument cluster just like the sedan or any of the two segments we just mentioned earlier.
At this time, we can only picture the E-Class coupe based on the test model as it is still under disguise. No matter what, it seems that Mercedes Benz applied its “sensual purity” design based on the fuller body, smoother shape and sloping roofline we see on the latest C-Class and S-Class Coupes. The E-Class Coupe goes by the project codename of “C208”, meaning to say, it now also comes with Mercedes Benz’s latest modular rear architecture. This new MRA platform is much larger judging from the wider tracks and wheelbase measurements.
Basically, the very sleek 2-door coupe is Mercedes Benz’s answer to Audi’s A5 model and BMW’s 6 Series. The upcoming E-Class Coupe will set the standard for the all-new E-Class Cabriolet that will also be on sale next year. Both cars will feature the same 2+2 seating layout and convertible hood.
From what we heard, the Coupe will be available in different powertrains both for the petrol and diesel variants. But that’s one thing we need to find out at its premiere. We don’t know yet if there’s going to be a plug-in hybrid model for this as well. If ever there is, we can expect a 2L turbocharged petrol engine, which will be paired with an electric motor just as the E 350e. Probably a 3L, 6 cylinder Diesel engine will also come out with this variant. Or, we can expect it to include the latest generation of 4 cylinder power plants aside from the usual 2L diesel engine.
One thing we know is that the AMG version usually follows after its launch. This would mean 4L twin turbo V8 engine and badges bearing either AMG E63 or E63 S will likely surface along the way. Clearly, there are a whole lot of things we can expect to unfold following its debut. Let’s just wait and see after they hold its official launch this coming January in Detroit. Besides, the NAIAS is only a few months away from now.