Mercedes E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet facelift
The revised Mercedes E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet have been officially unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show
Like the revised saloon, the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet’s noses now feature two, single headlamp lenses rather than a pair of twin light units. However, the new LED-equipped lights do feature flowing daytime running lights which give the appearance of the quad headlights of the old model.
The new Coupe and Cabriolet also get new front bumpers with much more pronounced air intakes, while the rear of both feature revised LED tail-lights.
There’s a new rear bumper which has a wider diffuser, too, helping to give the car a more muscular stance, while the pontoon-style crease in the car’s flank that was ditched on the facelifted saloon is retained, and will become a trademark design feature reserved for the Coupe and Cabriolet models.
A three-tube instrument binnacle, analogue clock and redesigned air vents are transposed from the new saloon’s interior, and the gear selector on automatic models switches from the centre console to the steering column.
The drop-top car features the manufacturer's Aircap system as standard. Designed to reduce wind buffeting when the roof is lowered, the cap pops up from the top of the windscreen automatically when you hit 25mph, and lowers again when you slow below 9mph. Airscarf neck heaters built into the front seats are optional.
Both the Coupe and Cabriolet benefit from new safety kit derived from the next S-Class, including the stereo multi-purpose camera which enables the car to detect oncoming or crossing traffic, pedestrians and traffic signs.
An automatic city braking system is also fitted as standard, while the latest adaptive cruise control with steering assist to keep the car in its lane, and active high beam assist, which masks out part of the main beam of the LED headlights to prevent dazzling oncoming drivers, are on the options list.
The full UK engine range is yet to be confirmed, but two petrol and three diesel units will be offered. Mercedes’ new efficient four-cylinder BlueDIRECT petrol unit will also join the line-up.
Six-speed manual or 7G-Tronic auto gearboxes will be available when the car goes on sale in April. Prices will also be confirmed closer to the on-sale date.