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Here’s an early look at the Mercedes-AMG E 63 Estate, fresh off the truck as it seemingly heads out for a test drive. Rightly so, because the AMG E 63 sedan test mule has been quite the busy bee already.

Known as the T-Modell in its home country, the estate version of the E 63 remains as camouflaged as the sedan we’ve spied before. Bits of the prototype vehicle’s shape can be made out to what it will eventually become, but let’s take a closer look anyway to see what we can.

At the front, the business remains very similar to what we’ve seen on the regular E 63. Larger-than-usual air intakes are noticeable on the front bumper, along with an AMG-specific twin-bar radiator grille tucked beneath a single camo wrap. Look closely enough and you can spot the E 63’s Multibeam LED headlights as well.

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Up top, you may notice that the E 63 Estate has roof rails just as before, while along the side, the model’s uprated perforated brakes with red calipers are easily picked out as well. The seams at the rear show the model’s one-piece tailgate, but more importantly, cutouts on the AMG-specific rear bumper reveal where the four exhaust tips will go — a more finished version of this can be seen in spyshots of the E 63 sedan.

For power, we’ve previously reported that the next-gen E 63 will get the same 4.0 litre biturbo V8 engine from the C 63 and AMG GT. The M178-derived engine here will be available in its most powerful state of tune yet, with reports suggesting that the more potent ’S’ version could offer up to 600 hp. The regular E 63 variants will have close to 550 hp.

Reports have also claimed that the E 63, in every body style, will give up its rear-wheel drive habits, and adopt the Mercedes-Benz 4Matic all-wheel drive system entirely. More details are expected later in the year, with a debut for the E 63 rumoured to take place at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October.


GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG E 63 Sedan