New 2017 Mercedes E-Class Coupe revealed in Detroit
Mercedes’ stylish E-Class Coupe takes bow at Detroit and starts from £40,135 with first deliveries commencing in April
Detroit was the setting for the E-Class saloon’s introduction last year, and while we received official pictures and specifications of the new S-Class Coupe inspired two-door E-Class towards the end of 2016, its presence on the stands at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) marks the car’s public debut, and we have exclusive images from the show floor.
Prices for the new E-Class Coupe will kick off at £40,135 in the UK, rising to £50,775 for the flagship model. First deliveries are set to take place in April.
Only the AMG-Line trim variant is offered in the UK, for now at least. The £40,135 price gets you the 191bhp E220d diesel AMG-Line, while a further £890 is required for the 240bhp E400 petrol. For now, the range-topper is the 328bhp E400 4MATIC at £50,775.
The E-Class Coupe’s design is heavily inspired by its smaller C-Class and larger S-Class siblings. The rear-end, in particular, has familiar stretched tail-lamps and the same rakish roofline, while everything from the A-Pillar back is bespoke to the two-door. Naturally, pillarless doors and LED lights all-round complete the upmarket appearance.
The E-Class Coupe is 123mm longer and 74mm wider than its predecessor, although despite the roofline it’s also 32mm higher. The wheelbase is also extended by 113mm, which Mercedes claims improves leg, head and shoulder space significantly – for example, there’s 74mm of additional rear legroom on offer, which should impress your passengers.
The E-Class Coupe’s interior, as we expected, echoes the saloon’s, with two optional high-res 12.3-inch screens that create a ‘floating’ widescreen instrument and infotainment display. AMG-Line models, as well as offering bigger wheels and a bodykit, brings along sportier cabin details and a revised leather-wrapped wheel. The Coupe also carries over the same raft of connected services and autonomous safety systems you’ll find in the saloon.
At market launch, the E-Class Coupe will be available with one diesel and three petrol variants – a different strategy to the saloon. The sole oil-burner for now is the E220d, with the familiar 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit producing 191bhp and 400Nm of torque. It manages 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 150mph. Combined fuel economy is claimed at 71mpg, while it emits 106g/km of CO2.
The entry-level engine is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder E200, however that isn’t being offered in the UK for now. A more powerful version of the same engine, dubbed E300 will be available to buy here. It produces 240bhp and 370Nm of torque, goes goes from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds and tops out at 155mph. Mercedes claims 44mpg combined and CO2 emissions of 147g/km.
For now, the flagship variant is the E400 4MATIC. With a 3.0-litre V6 producing 328bhp and 480Nm of torque, plus four-wheel drive, it fires from 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds, and is limited to 155mph. Claimed consumption is 35mpg and CO2 is measured at 183g/km. An ‘AMG-lite’ E43 should soon follow with 396bhp, while it won’t be too long before a full-fat 604bhp V8 is dropped in to create the E63 AMG Coupe.
All models come with Merc’s nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard. The suspension has been revised over the saloon’s, too, with the standard springs sitting 15mm lower and with a comfort-oriented tuning. The optional three-mode Dynamic Body Control suspension is also lower, while Air Body Control air suspension is also available. All E-Class Coupes feature a wider track (67mm at the front, 68mm at the rear) which is aimed at improving handling for the two-door.
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