The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is set to arrive in showrooms soon, which means the automaker should be in the final stages of testing the revised model. The folks over at Motor Trend recently caught an E-Class coupe prototype wearing heavy camouflage up front, where it counts.
As we reported a few months ago, the updated E-Class is getting a revised front fascia with single-unit headlights to replace the current quad design. The LED daytime running lights will migrate from the lower bumper to the headlight housing. We also see a more upright grille and a revised bumper.
The side profile and rear end are mostly uncovered, but Benz could fit the updated coupe with new taillights. The visual changes are similar to the E-Class wagon prototype we caught a few months ago. Under the hood, the E350 is expected to get a power bump from 302 hp to 333 hp. Meanwhile, the E550 is rumored to get a new 4.7-liter single-turbo V-8 rated at 435 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which is stronger than the current 402-hp twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8.
In addition to the E-Class coupe, Motor Trend has included spy shots of what appears to be the SLS AMG Black Series coupe. As previously reported, the 6.2-liter V-8 could produce up to 650 hp, while the exterior gets the requisite Black Series wide-body treatment. This also could be the rumored SLR AMG, which is also referred to as the “baby SLS.” The SLR AMG tester caught last month is pictured below along with E-Class wagon prototype shots. Should the SLR AMG make it to production, the new roadster is rumored to get a V-6 engine and will be targeted to take on the Porsche 911.
Click here to check out Motor Trend’s spy shots of the E-Class and SLS AMG Black Series.