Mercedes-Benz has revealed the middle child of its premium two-door lineup — the all-new, 2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe.
Bigger than the similarly-designed C-Class Coupe but smaller than the flagship S-Class Coupe, the new E-Class Coupe is longer, wider and a bit taller than its predecessor, translating to a more spacious cabin, especially for rear passengers who now benefit from additional leg and shoulder room.
It has a more sedan-like appearance, with a few styling highlights including the absence of a B-pillar that gives it a notably more sleek and elegant presence than before, as well as tail-lamps with a brilliant stardust appearance similar to the glow of a jet engine.
Inside, the latest E-Class Coupe is nearly identical to its sedan counterpart, featuring two 12.3-inch displays, wireless cell phone charging, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The whole host of the E-Class lineup’s other comfort and convenience features can be had, from massaging and air-conditioned seats to an on-board Concierge service.
Set to go on sale in summer 2017, the North European-spec E-Class Coupe will initially be offered in four trims, including a 191 horsepower E220d with a 2.0L inline-four diesel engine; a 181 hp (184PS) E200 and 242 hp (245PS) E300, both powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine; and a E400 4Matic motivated by a 328 hp (333PS) twin-turbo V6. The first three models are rear-wheel drive, while the E400 4Mmatic is of course all-wheel drive.
North America (Canada and the United States) will get the E400 and E400 4MATIC. The former can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, while the latter is a tad bit slower at 5.5 seconds. Both their top speeds are electronically-limited to 130 mph.
All models, regardless of market or engine, come standard with a 9G- TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and have a lowered suspension with selective damping, but buyers who want a more flexible setup have the option of an air suspension that integrates with the Coupe’s “Dynamic Select” drive mode toggle, which not only alters the characteristics of the suspension but can also adjust transmission shift points, throttle response and the auto start/stop feature.
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