2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: A ménage à trois of luxury, style, and tech
14 December 2016 - Motor1
Everything we love about the E-Class, with turbo V6 power and a whole lot more style.
If you liked what you saw in these leaked Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe brochure scans, I have good news for you: this car is even prettier in its full, high-resolution glory. Merc's new coupe is now officially official, and we've got all the details ahead of its debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January.
There's no other way to say it, this car looks fantastic. The nose is pure E-Class, with taut lines and elegant styling, and the coupe's rear end follows the same minimalistic design as the C- and S-Class coupes, with horizontal, LED taillamps. The B-pillar-less side window design is elegant and reminiscent of the larger S-Class, though a carryover E-Class Coupe design cue is the small bit of fixed glass just before the C-pillar. Elegant and modern, the two-door E is quite a looker.
That goes for the interior, too, where all the same luxury and tech from the E-Class Sedan carries over. The huge, digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen remains front and center, along with truly plush seats, fine leather trim on every surface, and all the latest and greatest tech (there's too much to explain – scan the press release below or read our E300 Sedan review if you need the nitty-gritty details). One super neat thing: There are 64 ambient lighting colors inside. Sixty-four!
While the E-Class Coupe will no doubt have a range of gasoline and diesel engines around the world, the U.S. will only get the E400 for now, with either rear-wheel drive or 4Matic all-wheel drive. The E400 uses a 3.0-liter biturbocharged V6 – essentially a detuned version of the engine in the AMG 43 cars – producing 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. With Mercedes' 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission managing the power, the E400 Coupe should sprint to 60 miles per hour in just 5.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 210 km/h. Adding 4Matic is expected to add 0.3 seconds to that 0-100 sprint.
Of course, a host of AMG variants are no doubt on the way. E43 and E63 / E63 S variants are basically a given, though earlier reports suggest a new E50 model will debut with the E Coupe, using a new, high-output biturbo V6. We'll have more details on the AMG variants late next year.