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The upcoming 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe is set to offer a sporty AMG E50 4Matic variant when it launches in Europe in the second half of 2017, according to a new report out of the UK.

Autocar reports that the AMG E50, which will likely sit below a hero E63 variant, will be one of the German marque’s first models to debut its new M256 in-line six-cylinder petrol engine.

The article claims the E50 will see the 3.0-litre unit boosted by an electric turbocharger, with outputs of around 402bhp (300kW) and 500Nm.

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An integrated starter generator and electric auxiliary compressor help to boost performance when needed.

Autocar also says that the E-Class coupe will be the first model to offer the option of swapping out the rotary controller that has become a central component in the Comand infotainment system, replacing it with a touchpad. Despite this claim, a recently-spied prototype was fitted with the standard controller.

The E-Class coupe is expected to make its public debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show next March.

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Australia

Speaking to CarAdvice, Jerry Stamoulis, manager of public relations and communications at Mercedes-Benz Australia, said the company’s local arm has no information regarding an AMG E50 coupe at this stage.

Stay tuned for an update in the new year.

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