by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

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

The photo you see above was first posted on a Spanish automotive website, then spread quickly across the internet. It has been captured by a fan who was witnessing, from bird's eye view, the pre-launch photo session for the new-generation 2013 model year Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG high performance luxury saloon. As previously confirmed in our articles, the version "pimped" by the Affalterbach guys will display an entirely new identity.

The revised front fascia is characterized by a pair of newly designed, single-piece headlights with LED inner graphics, as well as a gargantuan air vent across the front bumper and a new Star radiator grille with twin-blade styling. This dramatic facelift brings on a striking and aggressive appearance, highly suitable for a sports limousine.

The side profile is now clean, elegant and smoothly flowing, with the criticized Ponton crease now phased out forever. The multi-spoke alloy wheels further enhance the visual package of the E 63 AMG Facelift, while the V8 BITURBO badge warns everybody this machine is not joking about its power. Even though we have not got any photo from the rear end, we speculate that the tail gate and protection bumper have been retouched with new details, whereas the lamps appear to have shrunk in size and receive new inner graphics based on LED technology.

The same business is going for the new E-Class Coupe as well, also spotted during the photo shootout. A sharper look for the 2-door vehicles has been obtained with the introduction of the single-unit headlamps with LED technology, the new single-louvre chrome grille and the muscular front bumper, a special feature for the pictured AMG SPORT version. The rear-wing crease is history and the tail lights get the same treatment as in the case of the sedan E-Class.

Expect further changes for the interior of the new E-Class 2013 lineup, including the consequent AMG variants. But for that, we just have to wait for the official press images, which should be released by mid-December this year, together with a consistent dose of details. Look for the standard E-Class models to be the highlight of the Mercedes-Benz stand at NAIAS Detroit in January; the AMG models could come a bit later, towards Geneva Motor Show.

Image Credits: Autofacil

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