Brand-new midsize coupe brings more luxury, enhanced performance, and semi-autonomous drive

Recently unveiled for the 2017 model year, the fifth-generation, W213 E-Class is only at the beginning of its long adventure on the luxury market, but already creating big waves thanks to its stylish design, ultra-premium interior, and state-of-the-art technology. With the four-door and the wagon in dealerships as of late 2016, Mercedes-Benz is planning a full assault on the market in 2017 with both AMG-prepped and a coupe version. The highly anticipated two-door made its debut in December 2016 ahead of its public outing at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2017.

The fifth-generation model comes to replace the C207 E-Class, which was being sold since 2009. Launched with a couple of years before the current BMW 7 Series, the C207 wasn’t doing particularly well on the market and a replacement was needed much sooner. However, a quick glance at the new E-Class Coupe and I can see why Mercedes-Benz took so long to redesign this car. Not only does it look far more modern, it also comes with state-of-the-art technology that no other Merc has received as of early 2017, not even the range-topping S-Class.

"With its clear, aesthetic lines, our new E‑Class Coupe appeals equally to heart and mind. It condenses contemporary luxury, agile sportiness and high-tech engineering into an automotive personality with esprit, offering exclusive, refined driving pleasure," said Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler AG.

Is the new E-Class Coupe as good as Mercedes-Benz describes it? Find out in my comprehensive review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe.

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
  • Year:
    2018
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  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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  • Overall:
    9.3/10

Exterior

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As expected and much like the previous generations, the coupe and the sedan share the same front end, including the LED headlamps and the massive grille. To make things simpler, aside from minor styling features, the E-Class Coupe looks like either a larger C-Class Coupe or a smaller S-Class Coupe. While I’m not particularly fond of the "same sausage, different lengths" strategy, I must say that the company’s current design language works well on the midsize coupe. The story is pretty much the same around back, where the taillights are similar to those seen on both the coupe versions of the C-Class and S-Class.

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As expected and much like the previous generations, the coupe and the sedan share the same front end.

However, when viewed from the sides, the E-Class Coupe stands out by means of different character lines below the glass house and above the side skirts, as well as a different quarter window. All told, it’s sportier and more stylish than its predecessor, but it bears a closer resemblance to the other Mercedes-Benz coupes you can buy as of 2017.

As far as brand-new features go, the E-Class Coupe marks the global debut of a new lighting sequence for the LED taillamps. When the vehicle’s doors are opened, the taillight LEDs illuminate successively from the centre toward the sides. On locking the vehicle, the light sequence runs in the opposite direction. Both are additionally combined with an up and down dimming feature. This features basically welcomes and says goodbye to the driver similarly to the familiar welcome lighting signature of the blue optical-fiber show in the front headlamps. It’s not much, but at least the Coupe comes with a unique highlight.

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Size-wise, the new E-Class Coupe is larger than its predecessor, which isn't surprising.

Size-wise, the new E-Class Coupe is larger than its predecessor, which isn’t surprising given that most all-new vehicles are longer and wider. With a length of 4826 mm (190 inches) and a width of 1860 mm (73.2 inches), the redesigned two-door is 127 mm (five inches) longer and 74 mm (2.9 inches) wider. The new coupe is also 38 mm (1.5 inches) taller, while the track is 67 mm (2.6 inches) wider at the front and 68 mm wider to the rear. The latter also enhances the car’s driving dynamics.

E-Class Sedan E-Class Coupe Predecessor Coupe Difference
Vehicle length (Inches) 193.8 190.0 185.2 +4.8
Vehicle width (Inches) 72.9 73.2 70.3 +2.9
Vehicle height (Inches) 57.8 56.3 55.0 +1.3
Wheelbase (Inches) 115.7 113.1 108.7 +4.4

COMPETING DESIGNS

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While the E-Class Coupe is brand new and loaded with technology, the 6 Series is almost six years old.

When Jaguar discontinued the XK in 2014, the midsize coupe niche remained a two-car affair between the E-Class and the BMW 6 Series. The Merc vs Bimmer battle continues into the 2018 model year, but as of December 2016 it opposes two very different vehicles. While the E-Class Coupe is brand new and loaded with technology, the 6 Series is almost six years old. This is more than visible on the outside, with the grand tourer being one of the very few BMWs that have yet to be updated to the company’s more recent design language. Although not necessarily dated, the current 6 Series feels old and lacks the elegance you can get with the redesigned E-Class Coupe. The 2015-model-year facelift didn’t do much to change that, so this is a rather unfair battle. Of all the niches BMW and Mercedes battle for supremacy in, this is by far the one with the most discrepancies. Naturally, this will change when the next-generation 6 Series arrives — likely for the 2018 model year — but until then, the Bavarian coupe is no match for the new E-Class.

BMW 6 Series Coupe Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
Wheelbase (Inches) 109.4 113.1
Length (Inches) 192.6 190.0
Width (Inches) 74.6 73.2
Height (Inches) 53.9 56.3

Interior

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Aside from the smaller rear passenger compartment and the lowered roofline toward the back, the E-Class Coupe’s interior is pretty much identical to the sedan, which took its design cues from the S-Class. The dashboard features a new instrument cluster with either analogue dials and a seven-inch screen in between or a 12.3-inch display, depending on trim level. The former is paired with an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, while the latter comes with a larger, 12.3-inch unit.

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The E-Class Coupe’s interior is pretty much identical to the sedan.

The steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons that debuted in the E-Class sedan also found its way into the Coupe, as did the infotainment system’s redesigned menus and functions. Highlights also include Linguatronic voice control, a Comand rotary dial, energy-saving LEDs for interior lighting, and an optional Burmester sound system with 23 speakers. Naturally, customers will be able to choose between an array of high-grade leathers and wood inserts.

The Comand Online includes smartphone integration, Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto. The E-Class Coupe also comes with Live Trafic Information and Concierge Service. The latter is exclusively available on E-Class models and includes a host of personalized assistance options, from making a restaurant reservation to obtaining tips about tourist routes, information on cultural and sporting events to sending navigation destinations directly to the vehicle via smartphone.

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The A/C vents on the dashboard have a sportier design.

Moving over to features that make it stand out, the A/C vents on the dashboard have a sportier design, while buyers have access to two exclusive light wood trim packages in either open-pore or high-gloss finishes. These are paired with precisely executed seams on the seats for each equipment line. Speaking of which, the AMG Line includes more color choices and strong two-tone contrasts of the leather appointments in black and classic red and black and white. What’s more, the E-Class Coupe’s interior can be had in Yacht Blue and Macchiato Beige, a combination that lends the vehicle a cool, exclusive look.

Finally, thanks to the longer and wider chassis, the passengers will enjoy extra spaciousness and comfort. Although it has yet to reveal precise figures, Mercedes-Benz says that the new coupe comes with more rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room, as well as rear headroom.

THE COMPETITION

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Until the new model arrives, the 6 Series remains a dated option technology-wise.

Inside, the gap between the new E-Class and the fairly old 6 Series isn’t as evident as on the outside. Although it hasn’t received many updates in its first six years on the market, the Bimmer’s cabin looks somewhat fresh and the masive amount of wood on the dashboard and center console, as well as the vertically oriented styling cues give it a classy feel. But while it can stand up to the E-Class, the 6 Series falls behind in at least two departments. First, the rear seats aren’t exactly comfortable, especially if you’re taller than the norm. The last time I tested the M6, I also spent some time in the rear seat, and it wasn’t the best place to be for more than a few minutes. While shoulder room is decent, legroom is very limited and headroom can be a problem if you stretch out. And I’m not exactly very tall at 5"11. Second, compared to the E-Class, the 6 Series seems poorly equipped. Sure, it comes with a long list of standard features that include the usual automatic A/C, BMW ConnectedDrive Services, cruise control, leather upholstery, navigation, heated front seats, but you won’t get the state-of-the-art tech available with the latest E-Class. Again, this will change when the new 6 Series arrives with the features that debuted in the redesigned 7 Series, but until then the Bavarian coupe remains a dated option technology-wise. And this is an even bigger problem given that the 6 Series is significantly more expensive.

BMW 6 Series Coupe Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
Headroom (Inches) 40.0 TBA
Legroom, front/rear (Inches) 42.1/30.5 TBA
Shoulder room, front/rear (Inches) 56.9/49.7 TBA

Drivetrain

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Not surprisingly, the E-Class Coupe will arrive in dealerships with the same drivetrains as the sedan. However, there will be significant differences on the U.S. market. While the four-door was launched in E300 trim with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, the Coupe will cross the pond in E400 configuration with a larger engine under the hood. Specifically, the two-door will hit the streets with the 3.0-liter V-6 that cranks out 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of twist. Both rear-wheel-drive and 4Matic models will be offered, while the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission will be standard, with no option for a manual. The RWD coupe will hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, while the AWD model will reach the same benchmark in 5.5 clicks. Top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph for both drivetrains.

There’s no word as to whether an E300 version will be offered in the future, but I wouldn’t be surprised for Mercedes-Benz to keep the U.S. lineup restricted to V-6 models.

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The Coupe will cross the pond in E400 configuration with the larger, V-6 engine under the hood.

In Europe, the two-door will be launched with three gasoline engines and a diesel option. The gasoline range will begin with the E200, which uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 184 PS and 300 Nm of torque (181 horsepower and 220 pound-feet). Next up will be the E300, which uses the same engine, but massaged to deliver 245 PS and 370 Nm (242 horsepower and 270 pound-feet). Finally, the E400 will arrive in the same configuration as the U.S. model.

As far as diesel models go, only the E220d will be made available from the very beginning. Powered by a new, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 194 PS and 400 Nm (191 horsepower and 300 pound-feet), this version will return a fuel consumption of only four liters per 100 km on the NEDC cycle.

Later on, Mercedes-Benz will also launch the 150-horsepower E200d, the 254 horsepower E350d, as well as E43 AMG and E63 AMG versions. An E350e hybrid model is also on the table.

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

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Another factor that plays against the 6 Series is curb weight.

Unlike the E-Class Coupe, the 6 Series is limited to just three engines — not including the beefed-up M6 of course. The base unit is a 3.0-liter inline-six that injects 315 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque in the 640i. This version needs 5.4 seconds to hit 60 mph, which makes it a tad slower than the E400 Coupe. Moving up the lineup, the 650i uses a 4.4-liter V-8 rated at 443 horses and 479 pound-feet. With this drivetrain, the 6 series hits 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and tops out at 135 mph, with both figures superior to the E400. This will change when Mercedes-Benz launches the E550 Coupe. When it comes to diesels, there’s just one option, in the form of a 3.0-liter inline-six. This unit generates 308 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque and it’s not available in the U.S. The 6 Series will get new engine with the redesign, including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but until then customers are limited to these options, which are five years old at best. Another factor that plays against the 6 Series is curb weight. The BMW tips the scales between 3,825 and 4,530 pounds depending on model, while the E-Class comes in at less than 4,000 pounds in its heaviest iteration.

BMW 640i Coupe BMW 650i Coupe Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe
Engine 3.0-liter Twinpower Turbo inline 6-cylinder 4.4-liter Twinpower Turbo V-8 3.0-liter V-6
Horsepower 315 HP @ 5,800 RPM 445 HP @ 5,500 RPM 329 HP @ 5,250-6,000 RPM
Torque 330 LB-FT @ 1,300–4,500 RPM 480 LB-FT @ 2,000–4,500 RPM 354 LB-FT @ 3,500-5,250 RPM
Transmission 8-speed Sport Automatic 8-speed Sport Automatic 9G- TRONIC nine-speed automatic
Acceleration 0–60 mph 5.3 seconds 4.5 seconds 5.2 seconds
Top speed 130 mph 130 mph 130 mph
Weight 4,015 Lbs 4,260 Lbs TBA
Weight distribution, front/rear 50.9 / 49.1 52.2 / 47.8 TBA

Suspension

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Just like the sedan, the new E-Class Coupe rides on a steel-spring suspension as standard. However, Mercedes-Benz offers two Direct Control system options with selective damping, dubbed Comfort and Sport. The two-door also gets the Air Body Control suspension, a multi-chamber air suspension that controls how firmly the suspension reacts to the road. The first such option in this segment, the Air Body Control features all-around self-leveling for improved comfort and its ground clearance can be increased at the push of a button. Four modes are available for this system, "Comfort," "ECO," "Sport," and "Sport+." A continuously operating, electronically controlled damping adjustment system automatically adapts the damping on each individual wheel to the driving situation and road conditions. Drivers can basically experience everything from excellent ride comfort to outstanding driving dynamics.

As of early 2017, the E-Class Coupe has the most advanced chassis and suspension system in its class.

Safety

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Among the many things a Mercedes-Benz is known for, is outstanding safety. The E-Class Coupe is no exception from this rule and comes packed with air bags all over the place, as well as numerous driver assistance systems. Arguably the most impressive feature is the Drive Pilot, which enables the E-Class to follow the car in front at speeds of up to 130 mph. The systems uses automatic braking and accelerating, as well as the Steering Pilot to handle moderate bends. There’s also a Speed Limit Pilot function that can automatically adjust the car’s speed according to road speed limits detected by a camera on board. These feature are part of the optional Driver Assistance Package Plus. Other driver assistance systems include Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, and Remote Parking Pilot. The latter allows the vehicle to be moved into and out of garages and parking spaces remotely using a smartphone app. Needless to say, the E-Class Coupe is the safest midsize you can buy for the 2018 model year.

Prices

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Pricing information is not yet available, but given that the current E400 Coupe retails from $54,550, the next-generation model should fetch around $59,000 before options. Expect to pay at least $62,000 for the 4Matic version.

COMPETING PRICES

Although the E-Class Coupe might seem expensive at first glance, it’s actually very affordable compared to the current 6 Series. In the U.S., the base 640i retails from $77,600, a whopping $20K premium over what I’m expecting the E400 Coupe to fetch. Add xDrive AWD and the sticker increases to $80,600. If you opt for the V-8-powered 650i model, pricing jumps to $89,000 with rear-wheel drive, and a whopping $92,000 with xDrive. Ouch!

BMW 640i Coupe $77,600
BMW 640i xDrive Coupe $80,600
BMW 650i Coupe $89,000
BMW 650i xDrive Coupe $92,000
Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe $59,000 (est.)
Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe 4Matic $62,000 (est.)

Are There Any Other Alternatives?

If we’re looking strictly in this niche, there aren’t any other mainstream options to consider, but I can think of a few alternatives that are pretty close.

Aston Martin DB11

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Aston Martin’s replacement for the DB9 is the first that comes to mind. Although slightly smaller than the E-Class Coupe and significantly more expensive, the DB11 has what it takes to compete in this niche. It’s sporty, stylish, it has a luxurious interior packed with the latest technology, and a powerful engine under the hood. Actually, it delivers more than the non-AMG E-Class can handle drivetrain-wise, being fitted with a twin-turbo, 5.2-liter V-12 rated at no less than 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Needing only 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph form a standing start, it’s quicker than any E-Class out there save for the AMG-badged models. Its 200-mph top speed is also far superior to anything Mercedes-Benz and BMW can deliver in this segment. On the flipside, it’s also a lot more expensive, fetching $211,995 before options.

Learn more about the Aston Martin DB11 here.

Audi A7

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Granted, the A7 has two extra doors and lacks the appeal of an actual grand tourer, but it’s basically a GT with more room in the rear and a longer roof. Every time I see an A7 I say to myself that Audi should’ve built a two-door instead, but this approach somehow works better for the German manufacturer. Although it’s not as sporty as a GT as far as looks go, the A7 is definitely an elegant car you can take to any fancy event. Its cabin isn’t as fresh, but all the modern technology is in there, while the engine lineup is as diverse as it gets. In the U.S., the A7 is offered with a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet, but drivers in need of more power can go with the S7 or RS7. Both use a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8, but while the former comes with 420 horses and 406 pound-feet on tap, the latter cranks out 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. In Europe, there are three versions of the 3.0-liter TDI diesel available, with output ranging from 204 horsepower and 295 pound-feet to 313 horses and 479 pound-feet. U.S. pricing starts from $68,800, but the RS7 will get you into $110,000 territory before options.

Find out more about the Audi A7 here.

Conclusion

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Having already seen the E-Class sedan and how Mercedes-Benz made the C-Class Coupe a shrunken S-Class Coupe, I wasn’t really expecting the E-Class Coupe to blow me away. But that’s not to say I’m not impressed. While the company’s new sedans are very similar and somewhat lifeless in their "same sausage different lengths" styling language, the E-Class stands out thanks to its distinct character lines. This is also available for the coupe, which is instantly recognizable alongside the two-door C- and S-Class. I’m not on the market for a Merc, but if I were, I’d definitely go with the E-Class Coupe. It’s not as big as the S-Class and it’s not as cramped as the C-Class for rear-seat passengers. It’s just right. What’s more, it’s the only vehicle of the three to feature the company’s latest technology. Naturally, this will change once the C- and S-Class get their facelifts, but if you need a new car as quick as possible, the E-Class Coupe is your best bet. If you’re not into Merc, I would advise you stay away from the BMW 6 Series until the next-generation model arrives.

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    • * Only one engine in the U.S. at launch
    • * Looks nearly identical to the C-Class and S-Class coupes

Updated History

Updated 05/18/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming E-Class Coupe out for a new testing session. This time the luxury coupe started to drop camouflage and it reveals its interior.

Updated 01/20/2016: Based on the recently launched Mercedes E-Class we decided to create a rendering for the upcoming E63 AMG Coupe. We hope you like it!

Spy Shots

May 18, 2016 - Mercedes E-Class Coupe reveals its interior

February 1, 2016 - Mercedes E-Class Coupe testing in Sweden

December 8, 2015 - First testing session

Press Release

With its expressive coupé-esque proportions, clear and sensual design and long-distance comfort for four people, the new E‑Class Coupé combines the beauty and classic virtues of a grand tourer with state-of-the-art technology. It also offers the intelligence of the E‑Class family with full smartphone integration, Widescreen Cockpit and the latest driver assistance systems with the option of, among other things, partially automated driving. Powerful engines with low exhaust emissions and comfortable suspensions with selective damping provide the guarantee of a sporty and agile driving experience.

After the world’s most intelligent executive saloon, the Estate and the All‑Terrain, the successful E‑Class family now welcomes another new member: the Coupé. "With its clear, aesthetic lines, our new E‑Class Coupé appeals equally to heart and mind. It condenses contemporary luxury, agile sportiness and high-tech engineering into an automotive personality with esprit, offering exclusive, refined driving pleasure," says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

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Based technically on the Saloon, the sportily exclusive Coupé marks a next step in the evolution of the Mercedes-Benz design language. With its perfect proportions, the new Coupé exhibits a puristic, surface-accentuated design with reduced lines and sensual forms. Both hot and cool, the reduced design idiom represents beauty and elegance while emphasising the Coupé’s sporty and luxurious personality.

The coupé-esque proportions typical of Mercedes-Benz are characterised by a distinctive front end with low-positioned sports grille and central star, a long bonnet with powerdomes, a rearward-shifted, squat greenhouse and a muscular rear end. The dynamic looks are underlined by four frameless side windows and the absence of a B‑pillar. With these clear forms, the design of the Coupé conveys an air of luxury and style alike.

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World premiere: welcome feature of tail lamp

Equally typical of a Mercedes coupé are the two-part, extremely flat LED tail lamps, which, in combination with LED MULTIBEAM headlamps, celebrate the world premiere of a welcome feature. When the vehicle is opened, the taillight LEDs illuminate successively from the centre of the vehicle outwards. On locking the vehicle, the light sequence runs in the opposite direction. Both are additionally combined with an up and down dimming feature. This taillight show welcomes and says goodbye to the vehicle user similarly to the familiar welcome feature of the blue optical-fibre show in the front headlamp.

Thanks to innovative crystal optics, the tail lamps also have a brilliant appearance reminiscent of the glow of a jet engine.

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Sporty, luxurious interior with refined details

The interior of the new E-Class Coupé embodies the synthesis of sporty emotion and luxurious intelligence.

The two optionally available high-resolution and brilliant 12.3‑i nch displays – unique in this segment - are merged under a single lens to produce a Widescreen Cockpit that appears to float in space. The key design element, it emphasises the width, as does the fascia-spanning trim, which terminates with a dynamic sweep in the door panel. Positioned in the driver’s direct field of vision, the instrument cluster shows virtual instruments, which can be selected by the driver in three different styles, "Classic", "Sport" and "Progressive", depending on which information and views the driver considers relevant.

The entry-level model combines two round dials and a 17.8 cm colour display cluster (1000 x 600 pixel resolution) with a central display with a 21.3 cm screen diagonal (960 x 540 pixels). The round dials, instrument cluster and central display are installed in a single frame with a high-gloss piano-lacquer look.

A decidedly sporty note is set by the air vents, the form of which is heavily influenced by the look of a turbine engine. They are styled down to the smallest detail and fully finished in silver shadow.

Touch Control buttons in the steering wheel enable the driver to control the instrument cluster and multimedia system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. Additional controls come in the form of a touchpad with controller in the centre console, which can also recognise handwriting, plus the LINGUATRONIC voice control system. There are also direct-access buttons for controlling the air conditioning, for example, and for convenient activation and deactivation of certain driver assistance systems.

The avant-garde yet highly luxurious seats in the Coupé take their cue from the Saloon. The sporty individual-seat characteristics find their distinctive impression in all four seats. A wealth of extremely high-grade design details bear witness to the superlative standard of a sporty luxury coupé.

High-grade materials and contemporary colour landscapes come together to create a sporty, contemporary luxury. The attractive appointments in yacht blue in combination with macchiato beige lend the vehicle a cool, exclusive yachting look. Especially for the E-Class Coupé, there is a choice of two new innovative, light wood trim packages in open-pore and high-gloss finishes. Precisely executed seams give emphasis to the seat design of each equipment line. The seat upholstery layout and range of colours of the AMG Line are more consistent in appearance than ever. The sporty character is accentuated by strong colour contrasts of the leather appointments in black & classic red and black & white. The impressive range of exterior paint finishes is harmoniously matched to the contemporary interior colour scheme

The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. The same applies to the optionally available enhanced ambient lighting with 64 colours.

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Diversity to suit every taste

Even the AVANTGARDE standard equipment package is abundantly configured. Alternatively, there is the AMG Line, which differs from AVANTGARDE by such features as front and rear bumpers as well as side skirts and larger AMG Styling wheels. The dots in the diamond radiator grille are chrome-plated, while the brake discs on the front axle are perforated. The interior boasts such features as seats in high-grade ARTICO/DINAMICA in black with grey contrasting topstitching, the Seat Comfort package and an AMG leather sports steering wheel. Additional individualisation options for both lines come courtesy of the Night package with a host of design details in high-gloss black and tinted side windows.

Larger and more luxurious

With a length of 4826 mm, a width of 1860 mm and a height of 1430 mm, the new E-Class Coupé clearly outstrips its predecessor in terms of length, width and height. The principal beneficiary of the wider track, with 1605 mm at the front (+67 mm) and 1609 mm at the rear (+68 mm), is the driving dynamics.

The significantly larger footprint compared with the previous model is to the benefit of passengers with extra spaciousness and comfort. They profit especially in terms of rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room as well as rear headroom. In each of the four fully fledged seats with coupé-specific individual seat character, the driver and passengers enjoy genuine comfort on long journeys as well as the classic virtues of a grand tourer.

Performance with high-tech

Powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines, all equipped with ECO start/stop and complying with the Euro 6 emissions standard, provide for lively performance and great fun behind the wheel. The available variants include a newly developed four-cylinder diesel engine.

At market launch, there will be an initial choice between one diesel and three petrol engines with a range of outputs from 135 kW (184 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp). Further engine variants and 4MATIC versions will follow.

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New four-cylinder diesel engine

Designed to meet the future RDE limits, the four-cylinder diesel engine from the new family of Mercedes-Benz engines opens up a new dimension in efficiency. With a displacement of around two litres, the new diesel engine delivers 143 kW/194 hp, while the E 220 d impresses with a combined NEDC average consumption of 4.0 litres per 100 kilometres. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions of 106 grams per kilometre. In addition, the four-cylinder with single-stage turbocharger and variable turbine geometry is distinguished by a high level of refinement. Both the cylinder head and the crankcase are made of aluminium. The Mercedes-Benz-developed NANOSLIDE® surface coating efficiently reduces the friction between cylinder liner and steel piston.

All the models available at market launch are equipped as standard with the 9G‑TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, which allows fast gearshifts along with lower engine speeds. This has a particularly beneficial effect on efficiency and noise.

Suspension – sporty comfort

The suspension on the new E-Class Coupé offers agile driving pleasure on winding roads together with exceptional ride comfort. The Coupé comes as standard with DIRECT CONTROL suspension. In the interests of a sporty look, the suspension is 15 millimetres lower than on the Saloon and is tuned for comfort with an amplitude-dependent damping system.

The DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL suspension with adjustable damping is optionally available. It, too, is set lower. Using a switch in the centre console for the as-standard DYNAMIC SELECT system, the driver can vary the damping characteristics of this suspension. Three modes are available, offering a wide range of adjustment options: "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport+".

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AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension

Alternatively, the new E-Class Coupé can be equipped with multi-chamber air suspension, including all-round roll/pitch/heave stabilisation. Advantages of this system: three chambers of different size in the spring struts of the rear axle and two in the spring struts of the front axle make it possible to control the hardness of the suspension in three stages. In this way, the occupants enjoy soft basic suspension, along with the secure feeling of good handling stability at higher speeds.

The multi-chamber air suspension is augmented by a continuous, electronically controlled adaptive damping system. The damping at each individual wheel is adjusted fully automatically to suit the current driving situation and condition of the road – such as in the case of evasive manoeuvres or on rough tracks. The system therefore delivers good ride comfort along with excellent driving dynamics.

Using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch, the driver can also select different suspension characteristics in combination with the AIR BODY CONTROL system: "Comfort", ECO, "Sport", "Sport +" and Individual.

DYNAMIC SELECT – choose your own driving characteristics

However, the DYNAMIC SELECT system not only makes it possible to select the suspension characteristics in combination with DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL and AIR BODY CONTROL, but it also enables the driver to influence other vehicle settings – such as the throttle response, ECO start/stop function, shift points of the automatic transmission and more. Depending on the equipment level, DYNAMIC SELECT provides the following transmission modes: Comfort, ECO, Sport, Sport + and Individual. "Individual" allows the driver to configure their own preferred transmission modes.

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Full smartphone integration

A new era of connectivity and digitalisation is marked by the infotainment system in the E-Class Coupé with COMAND Online. This includes effortless integration of the smartphone into the vehicle’s infotainment system by means of capacitive aerial coupling and wireless charging. This means that compatible mobile phones can be charged wirelessly and also connected to the vehicle’s exterior aerial. This dispenses with the need to find a plug and connect a cable. There is an added advantage: using Near Field Communication, the customer’s smartphone becomes the digital vehicle key with which the car can be locked and unlocked as well as started.

Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto

If the vehicle is equipped with COMAND Online, it is possible to use Apple’s smartphone-based infotainment system CarPlay® as well as Google’s Android Auto™. If a compatible smartphone is connected by USB, the customer can, if desired, switch to the CarPlay® or Android Auto interface.

Internet and diverse data sources even in the basic version

In addition to COMAND Online, the Audio 20 USB/GPS infotainment systems are available. Like COMAND Online, they come with a Bluetooth® hands-free system and also have internet capability with a Bluetooth®-capable mobile phone with mobile phone card and data option. COMAND Online also offers an integrated hotspot functionality.

Clear road instead of traffic jams: Live Traffic Information

Whereas the familiar Live Traffic Information was previously reserved for COMAND Online, in combination with Mercedes me connect the new E-Class Coupé offers the same function with the Audio 20 GPS with GARMIN MAP PILOT SYSTEM as well. Live Traffic Information allows the reception of up-to-the-minute, accurate traffic information in real-time. Other new features include a Free Flow display – green lines plainly show the driver where the roads are currently clear – as well as the display and consideration of traffic information away from the main roads.

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Mercedes me connect Concierge Service: personalised attention

A further comfort highlight is the new Concierge Service, which is exclusively available in all E-Class models in combination with Mercedes me connect. For participating customers, the range of services includes a host of personalised assistance options: from making a restaurant reservation to obtaining tips about tourist routes, information on cultural and sporting events and bookings through to sending navigation destinations directly to the vehicle.

Access is straightforward: registered Mercedes me connect users can call up the Concierge Service in 19 countries across Europe either via the iCall button in the vehicle or on the Mercedes me app. The personal assistant takes care of everything else.

E-Class innovations on board

As a member of the current E-Class family, the new Coupé is significantly more intelligent than its predecessor. It comes with all the features of the E-Class, the most intelligent executive saloon. Active Brake Assist comes as standard. It is able to warn the driver of an imminent collision, provide optimum support with emergency braking and, if necessary, also autonomously apply the brakes. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing in the danger zone ahead of the vehicle.

Other highlights include DRIVE PILOT: this system represents Mercedes-Benz’s next step along the road to autonomous driving. As Distance Pilot DISTRONIC, it is not only able to keep the car at the correct distance behind vehicles in front on all types of road, but, for the first time, it can also automatically follow them at a speed of up to 210 km/h.

Remote Parking Pilot is also new: for the first time, this system allows the vehicle to be moved into and out of garages and parking spaces remotely using a smartphone app, enabling the occupants to get into and out of the car easily, even where space is very tight.

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The E-Class Coupé is also optionally available with other intelligent technical systems, including:

high-resolution MULTIBEAM LED headlamps. These headlamps, each with 84 individually activated high-performance LEDs, automatically illuminate the road surface with a hitherto unsurpassed, precision-controlled distribution of exceptionally bright light – without dazzling other road users.
MAGIC VISION CONTROL - an intelligent and highly efficient wash/wipe system for the windscreen. The wiper blade always delivers washer fluid directly in front of the wiping edge, via the water feed line integrated into the blade – and it does this in both wiping directions. The result is that there is no surge of water when fluid is sprayed, which can impair the driver’s vision, and at the same time the maximum cleaning effect is achieved. The complete MAGIC VISION CONTROL system, including the wiper blades, is heated at low temperatures to prevent snow or ice from sticking in winter.

E-Class Coupé with tradition

As an exclusive and sporty coupé, the latest member of the E‑C lass family can look back on an almost fifty-year history. Its first ancestor was unveiled by Mercedes‑Benz in 1968 (at that time known as the "Stroke Eight" coupé). Further model series followed – for a while also under the name CLK. Each generation combined superb design with agile sportiness and contemporary luxury at a high level.

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