The upcoming updates to the Mercedes E-Class sedan are still a few months from an official review, but spy photos of the new car — most notably the new 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 — are creeping into the public eye. Expected to debut in January as a 2018 model, the new high-performance E-Class shows off updated style and substance.

Prototypes have been spotted wearing a heavy layer of dazzle camouflage, but the general shape of the new sedan looks to be close to that of the current car, but with more slope to the front and rear fascias. Taped-off quad headlamps and a large single-bar grille are also visible. The massive lower air intakes that have become an AMG signature are also visible through the camouflage. We don’t yet have any good hints as to what the redesigned interior will look like. The new E-Class is moving to a smaller, lighter platform, so some refinement of the interior style to match the latest C-Class and S-Class is likely.

Under the hood, the smart prediction is on a new twin-turbo 4.0 liter V-8 with 600 horsepower, with an adapted eight-speed transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive. The 4.0 currently produces 503 horsepower, but Mercedes has some catching up to do in the horsepower war and AMG is no doubt hard at work on it. Sedan and wagon versions will be offered.

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Rather than cooling over the years, the competition has only gotten fiercer in the super-sedan market. The new Mercedes-AMG E63 will face perennial competitors like the 2018 BMW M5 xDrive and 2015 Audi RS6 Avant, but now it’s also got the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to contend with. Bragging rights are as big a deal to these four-doors as they are to muscle cars, and Mercedes isn’t known for backing down from a challenge.
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Mercedes-AMG E63 Caught Testing For The First Time: Spy Shots Exterior Spyshots
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Mercedes-AMG E63 Caught Testing For The First Time: Spy Shots Exterior Spyshots
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Mercedes-AMG E63 Caught Testing For The First Time: Spy Shots Exterior Spyshots
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You can check our speculative review of the new E63 here.

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