SCOOP! – walkoART films a convoy of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé

We know that the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class looks like a bigger C-Class, but there will be at least one member of the family with a strong character. And it will be the new E-Class Coupé, as this video from walkoART shows. Still under heavy disguise.

Built over the MRA platform, the new E-Class Coupé is internally known by its project codename C238. It should be a little shorter than the E-Class, below 4.92 m, and also lower, below 1.47 m. It should also have a shorter wheelbase, instead of the 2.94 m that the regular E-Class shows, but the width should be the same, at 1.95 m.

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Another thing both bodies should have in common are the engines: a 2.0 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that generates 135 kW at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm between 1,250 rpm and 4,000 rpm, for the E 200 Coupé, and a new 2.0 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine for the E 220 d Coupé, which delivers 143 kW and 400 Nm.

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The E 350 d Coupé will feature a 3.0 V6 turbodiesel that pumps out 190 kW and 620 Nm, while the plug-in hybrid version of the car, called E 350 e Coupé, will have a 30 km pure electric range. It uses the same 2.0 turbo petrol engine used by the E 200 Coupé, but coupled to the electric engine and with an increased power, of 155 kW. The electric provides additional 65 KW, bringing the total availability of power to 210 kW, due to losses in the integration of both engines. All engines will come with the new 9G-Tronic, a 9-speed automatic transmission that tends to replace the 7G-Tronic currently used by other Mercedes-Benz models. Don’t forget about the E 43 Coupé, which should come with a 3.0 V6 turbocharged engine able to deliver 295 kW at 6,100 rpm and 520 Nm from 2,500 rpm up to 5,000 rpm.

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Curiously, the convoy of E-Class Coupé units was led by a 911 Cabriolet, probably as a performance and behavior benchmark. But why the Cabriolet? Would Mercedes-Benz also be testing the E-Class Cabriolet among the Coupé units? Any chance of it being a retractable hard top car? If you have any idea or information about it, drop us a line in the comments box.

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This is what the new E-Class Coupé may look like, according to Jonathan Machado, from CARWP. It keeps the coupé identity Mercedes-Benz has adopted in all its models, but we expect it to have something more to keep it apart from the others.

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Whether these images are precise or just a way for us to imagine what is under the camo Mercedes-Benz used, the fact is we should expect to see the production car at the Paris Motor Show, in October, if not a little earlier. If anything delays its presentation, the Geneva Motor Show is our next bet for the new car premiere.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.