CAR’s artist’s impressions reveal that the mid-sized coupe will borrow heavily from the look of the recent Fascination concept car, the star of Merc’s stand at the Paris motor show.

The E-class Coupe will be shown formally at the Geneva motor show in spring 2009, with UK sales starting soon after. The coupe market has fragmented in recent years, but the new E is aimed squarely at the Audi A5 and rumoured future coupe version of the Jaguar XF.