by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet FL (A 207) scooped at photo shooting

There's not much time left till Mercedes-Benz will eventually take the wraps off the new-generation W 207/A 207 E-Class Coupe/Cabriolet for the upcoming year. The 2013 models will distinguish themselves from the outgoing series thanks to the implementation of a completely redesigned front fascia, which sports new single-piece headlamps, a new radiator grille with either two or one louvres depending on the equipment line, as well as a sporty front bumper with restyled air intakes.

The latest spy shots were captured on the site of the usual pre-launch press photo shooting. However, the crew was careful enough to cover all the crucial, exposed parts of the pictured E-Class Cabriolet with opaque white tape. It is clear that we are talking about an AMG Sport version, given the one-slat grille and the large alloy wheels with special design. The diamond white-coloured A 207 also displays a beautiful, classic soft top painted in black. The other vehicle snagged at the photo shoot out displays a beige paint job and brand new rims.

Apart from these details, we can see that the Ponton crease has actually managed to survive on the Coupe/Cabrio versions of the E-Class, despite of the fact it was already completely phased out from the Limousine/T-Modell choices. The rear end boasts a more classic approach, as it remains partially unchanged. The lamps get new inner LED graphics (similar to GLK), a revamped bumper and boot lid, as well as oval exhaust pipes instead of the current trapezoidal ones.

As for the 2013MY 212 series, the 207 facelift generation will come packed with the latest systems and technologies developed by Mercedes-Benz engineers. The high-end standard variants, the V6-powered E 350 and the V8-powered E 500, will get a power boost up to 333 hp and, respectively, 435 hp. The introduction of a new E 400 variant is also possible in Europe next year, but the first to get the new 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbocharged, direct-injection petrol unit are the E-Class Limousine & T-Modell versions. In any case, the new powerplant should be capable of delivering over 360 hp. We didn't hear anything about an AMG variant for the E-Class Coupe/Cabriolet, but if gets approved for production, then the future E 63 AMG 2-door models would get the 5.5-litre V8 BITURBO engine with near 550 hp.

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- UNCOVERED: First look at the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (W 207) and E 63 AMG Limousine (W 212)

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