Mercedes-Benz ConceptFASCINATION

As can be seen, the Fascination, which is powered by a 204-hp, 2.2L BlueTEC diesel engine, has an unusual body style, which is best described as a two-door wagon. Mercedes says it's based on a future E-Class coupe, though given the liberal use of the word "coupe" these days, it's anyone's guess as to what sort of vehicle it will actually be. The Fascination's front end sports the E-Class' signature dual-headlight style -- the lamps are LED units -- melded with elements of the brand's present corporate face. There are also LED foglamps built into the chrome strip in the lower front fascia, which also runs across the car's perimeter. It's a serious possibility that the front end of the Fascination is a hint at what the next-generation E-Class will look like up front. Since the current E-Class is getting quite long in the tooth, that car should arrive before too long.

Inside the cabin, the Fascination is swathed in what Mercedes calls an equestrian-inspired motif -- no doubt conceived to impress your friends at the polo club. The aluminum center console is covered with thick, dark leather, which is also found on the dashboard -- featuring a five-tube instrument cluster and silver dials -- and door armrests. The seats and other interior surfaces, meanwhile, are covered with fine nubuck leather, though the seat center panels are covered with fabric. Walnut and chrome trim pieces are found throughout the interior along with deep-pile carpeting.