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Mercedes E-class Coupe (2009) scooped
03 November 2008 14:00
Mercedes is rushing its new E-class Coupe through final testing before the car's global debut at the Geneva motor show in ealry 2009. Codenamed C206, the Coupe will replace the CLK when it arrives in the UK next June wearing a £32,000 price tag.
Drawing heavily from the Concept Fascination showcar – the acclaimed work of Mercedes’ new design director Gordon Wagener – the Coupe will feature the concept car’s rectangular quad-lamp arrangement, bold grille punctuated by the Mercedes tri-star, creased bonnet and heavily shouldered rear wheelarches. Make no mistake, the new Coupe will possess far more visual presence than the current oddly-proportioned effort.
Is the new Mercedes E-class Coupe an E-class saloon underneath?
Sitting on a combination of E and C-class architecture (the current car is more C-Class, hence its cramped rear accommodation) the C206 will borrow engines and transmissions from the new E-class. That means a choice of four, six and eight cylinder direct-injection petrol and single- and twin-turbo diesels, hooked up to either six-speed manual or seven-cog automatic transmissions. Less powerful engines aimed at business users are likely to get the manual transmissions to lower their CO2 tax burden.
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