The E-Class has long been a staple in Mercedes ’ lineup, but even if its stature is firmly entrenched, the current model has struggled to keep up with more popular Mercedes models. It doesn’t help that the current E-Class has been described as undersized and worse, overpriced. But through its misgivings, Mercedes is promising to make amends with the next-generation E-Class coupe and cabriolet models, which appear to be getting that all-encompassing upgrade that the model has needed in quite some time.
Set to be launched in 2017, the new E-Class coupe and cabriolet models will be markedly different from the current model. According to CAR, the two sporty models of the E Class family will receive all-new hardware from its saloon big brother, while also getting a new technologically forward interior and a fresh lineup of straight-six engines.
With rivals like the Audi A6 and the BMW 5 Series feting their well-deserved time in the spotlight, it’s become increasingly important for Mercedes to catch up with a model that can compete with its rivals. For now, the E-Class remains a viable option, but not necessarily a top-of-the-line choice.
But once the new E-Class coupe and cabriolet models arrive in 2017, the expectation is that Mercedes will have a model that can finally stare down its rivals and not even flinch for a second.
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