The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe lineage dates back almost fifty years, starting with the W114 series Coupe in 1968. A long line of svelte, sporty yet comfortable grand tourers, the E-Class Coupe family has gone through seven generations, including a short period wearing the CLK badge.
Oldest of all was the W114 Coupe, more known as the stroke/eight coupe. It was built off the Mercedes-Benz 250 Saloon of its time, but with distinctly sexier styling. Its windscreen was more angled, and it introduced a key design characteristic that is to feature to this day: frameless side windows with no B-pillars.
In 1977 came the C123 CE Coupe, a far more familiar sight here in Malaysia. This time around, the coupe featured a significantly shorter wheelbase compared to the base sedan model, for enhanced driving dynamics. As is clear to see, it also transitioned the grand tourer line into a lower, smaller, more athletic machine.
Next up was the C124 CE Coupe from 1987, no doubt one to bring back fond memories for a lot of Malaysians. A timeless classic, this model introduced a major redesign of the traditional Mercedes-Benz radiator grille in 1993, harmoniously integrated into the bonnet with a much slimmer chrome frame.
Then, came the C208 CLK Coupe in 1997. The E-Class Coupe, as the C124 was known from 1993 onwards, was replaced by a smaller, far sexier model with a more youthful appeal. Despite having its styling drawn from the W210 E-Class sedan, though, the CLK’s mechanicals were based on the simpler W202 C-Class platform.
This cost-effective strategy was again replicated with the C209 CLK in 2002 – based on the W203 C-Class, but with styling derived from the W211 E-Class. It featured a louvred grille with a centrally-mounted Mercedes star for the first time, which is to be a permanent mainstay for future Benz models with a sporty slant.
The year 2009 rolled by, and Mercedes took a quick U-turn by christening the new C207 model the E-Class Coupe once again, with styling to match the W212 E-Class sedan. However, it continued to be based on a C-Class platform, this time the far more dynamic W204. The brand then introduced a smaller C-Class Coupe model, which forced a rethink for the long-standing grand tourer range.
Fast forward to 2017, and we now have the C238 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, once again built on a proper W213 E-Class platform. The model grew significantly larger both inside and out, with a far more comfort-oriented slant. It also benefited from the full raft of advanced technologies offered on the E-Class, a significant step forward from the outgoing model.
Do watch our detailed walk-around video of the new E-Class Coupe, and tell us what you think of the new model. If you have fond memories of any of the models featured here, do share them with us too!
GALLERY: W114 Mercedes-Benz Coupe (1968-1976)
GALLERY: C123 Mercedes-Benz CE Coupe (1977-1985)
GALLERY: C124 Mercedes-Benz CE Coupe (1987-1996)
GALLERY: C208 Mercedes-Benz CLK Coupe (1997-2002)
GALLERY: C209 Mercedes-Benz CLK Coupe (2002-2009)
GALLERY: C207 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (2009-2017)
GALLERY: C238 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (2017 onwards)