In an effort to make them more “emotionally appealing” to the world, Mercedes-Benz has updated the E-Class Coupé as well as the E-Class Cabriolet with quite a few cool new features.
The design enhancements on both the Coupe and Cabriolet include flatter all-LED headlamps, a redesigned “A-shape” diamond radiator grille, new LED taillights, as well as the star module with integrated reverse camera hidden in the boot lid.
The four paint colours newly available for the E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet as part of the facelift go by the names high-tech silver, graphite grey metallic, mojave silver and patagonia red (designo).
The wheel line-up has also been expanded and now includes aero wheels, as they are called, the special design features of which help contribute to saving fuel and thus to sustainability.
Inside, the upper section of the dashboard now appears to hover as it rests on the trim elements that flow through into the doors. There are new trim options as well – open-pore grey ash wood and aluminium with light carbon-fibre grain.
The cars are also fitted with an entirely new, intelligent steering wheel as part of the facelift. This is available as a leather steering wheel and in a super sports variant. The control surfaces sport a high-gloss black finish, while the trim elements and surrounds have a silver shadow finish.
Complementing the whole package is the latest generation of the MBUX multimedia system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). As standard, it includes two large 10.25-inch/26 cm screens arranged side by side for a sublime widescreen look. Two 12.3 inch/31.2 cm screens are optionally available.
Under the hood, the new two-door models see the top version of the four-cylinder diesel engine (OM 654 M), rated at 261 hp, paired for the first time with an integrated starter-alternator (ISG). It therefore has a 48-volt on-board partial electrical system. A recuperation function and the ability to “glide” with the engine switched off make the engine even more efficient.
There is also extra boost that is available right from the first turn of the engine, known as EQ Boost, can deliver as much as 20 hp and 180 Nm. The 48-volt technology with ISG is also a feature of the in-line six-cylinder petrol engine (M 256), now available for the first time in the E-Class.
The standard combination with the all-wheel drive system 4MATIC further accentuates the dynamism of these two models.
The 9G-TRONIC transmission has also been further developed to accommodate the second-generation ISG and is being used, in a first step, with the four-cylinder ISG engine.
The electric motor, the power electronics and the transmission cooler have now moved into or onto the transmission. Previously required cables can be eliminated, which offers advantages with regard to installation space and weight. This makes it easy to combine the transmission with the different combustion engines.
So, these are among the key talking points in the new E-Class Coupe and E-Class Cabriolet, which should be arriving here in Malaysia within the next year or so as part of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s Dream Car collection, and if at all they come here, which one would you go for?