The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe replaces the now discontinued CLK-Class in the Mercedes-Benz line-up, but carries over traditional CLK features such as a side window profile that lacks the distraction of a B-pillar with both front and rear retractable windows, as well as styling derived mostly from the E-Class Sedan.
At launch time, 5 engine variants have been announced – the E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupe, the E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupe, the E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupe, the E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupe, and finally the E500 Coupe. That’s alot of caps in one sentence, thanks to Mercedes-Benz’s tendency to capitalise alot of the brands that it gives its cars’ technical features. All of the engines meet Euro 5 emissions standards.
One of the more popular engines in Europe will undoubtedly be the E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. It’s powered by a twin-turbodiesel engine producing 204hp and 500Nm of torque between 1,600 to 1,800rpm. Combined NFDC fuel consumption is rated at a fuel-sipping 5.3 litres per 100km. A more powerful turbodiesel is the E 350 CDI, producing 231hp and 540Nm of torque between 1,600 to 2,400rpm.
The petrol models include a baseline 1.8 litre turbocharged E 250 CGI model, producing 204hp and 310Nm of torque between 2,000 to 4,3000rpm. The V6-powered E 350 CGI produces 292hp and 365Nm of torque between 3,000 to 5,1000rpm, while the top of the range most powerful E Coupe (save for AMG models) will be the V8-powered E 500 with its 388hp and 530Nm of torque between 2,800 to 4,800rpm.
Mercedes-Benz has equipped the E-Class Coupe with ATTENTION ASSIST. This system evaluates more than 70 different parameters to determine driver drowsiness and kicks in a warning before the microsleep phase begins. One of the parameters are steering behaviour. Mercedes-Benz engineers found that drowsy drivers make very minor steering errors that they often correct very rapidly in a certain characteristic way. A steering angle sensor can sense this.
An Active Bonnet feature improves pedestrian crash safety performance by using a spring to raise the rear section of a bonnet by 50mm within a fraction of as second to increase the amount of deformation space for the pedestrian. Active Bonnet has a driver-reversible mechanism which allows the driver to reset the system and retract the bonnet without visiting a workshop.
Three trim levels are available – ELEGANCE, AVANTGARDE and AMG Sports. The AMG Sports package builds on the AVANTGARDE level by adding a black interior on the inside and AMG bodystyling on the outside including new bumpers, side skirts and 18 inch AMG wheels in a 6 twin-spoke design, wrapped with 235/40R18 tyres at the front and 255/35R18 tyres at the rear.
The following are the launch prices for the E Coupe in Germany:
Mercedes-Benz E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé – 44,684.50 Euro
Mercedes-Benz E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé – 48,671.00 Euro
Mercedes-Benz E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé – 44,684.50 Euro
Mercedes-Benz E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé – 51,408.00 Euro
Mercedes-Benz E 500 Coupé – 66,045.00 Euro
Look after the jump for a hi-res photo gallery of the E Coupe.
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