MERCEDES-BENZ has ripped the covers off its latest generation E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, both of which will be offered with the same engines as the sedan and wagon due to touch down locally late this year.
Mercedes-Benz has been flaunting the reveal of the new Coupe and Cabriolet via its social media channels for several weeks now in a bid to generate some extra hype around their launches. Other highlights of the new models include the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and the variable all-wheel drive system, AMG Performance 4MATIC+. The E450 drops the 3.0-liter V6, now getting the same turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine with EQ Boost as the updated sedan, good for 362 horsepower (269 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 newton-meters) of torque. Mercedes hasn't released fuel-economy figures but says this engine will be more efficient than the twin-turbo V-6. The E53 Coupe is capable of doing the 0-100 kmph run in just 4.4 seconds which is 0.2 seconds quciker than the E53 Cabriolet. Zero-62mph is dealt with in 4.4 seconds by the coupe and 4.6 by the cabriolet. We expect high-power E63 models to return. At the rear, it gets quad exhausts and a diffuser.
As well as the infotainment and technology upgrades as the regular E-Class models, the performance pair gain a number of AMG-specific styling tweaks, including a bespoke grille and new front splitter created to bring them closer in line to the AMG GT sports auto.
"Numerous other physical buttons inside have been replaced by capacitive controls, including the latest version of Mercedes" MBUX infotainment system with two 10.25-inch screens or larger optional 12.3-inch screens. The E53s also have new 19-inch wheels, and all models get an expanded exterior color palette. The version in E53 models has AMG-specific displays and functions.
Paddles to change gears with are mounted behind the steering wheel.
New styling, tech for Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet
Inside there are a few new-look trim elements for the two-doors, as well as the latest generation of Merc's MBUX infotainment system. Cabriolet models also feature a special sun-reflecting leather and continue with a wind-deflector and a neck-level heating system as standard.
The new steering wheel is fitted with sensors that detect when a driver's hands are no longer in contact.
The refreshed E-Class range will consist of diesel E220d and E400d models and petrol E200, E300 and E450, however not all variants may come to Australia.
Then there's the new active safety system (carried over from the saloon and estate) which includes clever adaptive cruise control that can slow the auto based on online reports of traffic ahead, as well as for motorway slip roads, roundabouts and toll booths.
Notable optional features will include heated armrests and steering wheel, cooled front seats, massaging front seats, augmented reality for the navigation system, and a head-up display. Unfortunately, pricing information isn't available on either model as of yet.
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