Hot on the heels of the facelifted Mercedes-Benz E-Class are the corresponding Coupe and Cabriolet versions, both of which are set to premiere at the Detroit motor show, along with the sedan and estate models. Full details have been released of the sportier cars in the E-Class line-up.

Six petrol (ranging from 184 to 408 hp) and three diesel engines (from 170 to 265 hp) have been announced, all available with start-stop. A new addition is the direct-injected four-cylinder BlueDIRECT petrol engine, while V6 and V8 powerplants are also available.

The diesel engines are six-pot units, fitted with selective catalytic reduction technology. Two transmissions are offered: a six-speed manual and the 7G-TRONIC PLUS.

Mercedes-Benz E 500 Coupé mit AMG Sportpaket, (C 207), 2012

Agility Control suspension with selective damping system comes as standard, featuring shock absorbers that adapt to road surface conditions. Buyers can specify a firmer, sportier setup through the Dynamic Handling package.

While the sedan and estate omit the muscular rear haunches of the pre-facelift car, the Coupe and Cabriolet retain them. Their front ends also differ from the sedan and estate’s – there’re new headlamps with anti-dazzle LEDs, a new front bumper with a more pronounced V shape and large air intakes; not to mention Mercedes’ sports grille.

Also new are the tail lamps and a wide-effect rear bumper with chrome-look trim. The side windows on both Coupe and Cabriolet are fully retractable to the C-pillar, creating a pillarless effect.

Mercedes-Benz E 350 BLUETEC Cabriolet mit Sportpaket, (A 207), 2

Inside, a redesigned centre console omits a conventional gear lever in favour of a column-mounted one, which the company calls a Direct Select lever. A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel is flanked by shift paddles.

Mercedes claims the Cabriolet has the lowest cabin noise level in its class, thanks to an acoustic soft top with high-grade insulation. The optional speed-dependent Aircap system – made up of a draught-stop and a wind deflector – further cuts noise by reducing cabin turbulence. Also available as an option on the Cabriolet is Airscarf.

Both models feature a flurry of safety and assistance systems, part of what Mercedes calls ‘Intelligent drive.’ These include a Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera, Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, as well as Distronic Plus and Active Parking Assist.

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