Adding a dimension of elegant sportiness to the range, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe has been unveiled ahead of its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Joining the recently introduced Sedan and Wagon models, this classy 4-passenger Coupe matches a distinctively evocative visuals with an impressive mechanical pedigree. It’s slated to hit showrooms next summer in rear-drive E400 as well as all-wheel drive E400 4Matic form. AMG-enhanced versions also are in the pipeline.

Riding on a shortened version of the chassis found under the latest E-Class Sedan, this new Mercedes Coupe is longer, wider and slightly taller than its 2017 counterpart which remains on the previous-generation platform for its final season. Though shorter than the sedan, 2018 Coupe's wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer, contributing to the ride quality and resulting in a more spacious cabin. 

Bolder look

While sharing the same basic design language as its E-Class Sedan and E-Class Wagon siblings, the Coupe’s more dynamic exterior are set off by a bolder fascia and sweeping roofline. Like the S-Class Coupe, it also features frameless door glass and is a true hardtop thanks to the absence of a conventional B-pillar. An available Sport Package takes things one tasteful step further, bringing unique nose and tail tweaks, a chrome-enriched grille insert and larger AMG alloy wheels.

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Inside, this new Mercedes 2-door melds contemporary E-Class character with its own distinctive touches, the most notable being “turbine-look” air vents and two new wood trim packages in natural grain and high-gloss finishes. Here too, the standard 12.3-inch Comand infotainment display can be optionally paired with a 12.3-inch digital variable-mode instrument display. M-B’s Touch Control Buttons on the Coupe’s multifunction steering wheel work in concert with a console-mounted touchpad and controller to help minimize driver distraction. Opting for the Comand Navigation multimedia adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay interfaces as well as wireless phone charging. While rear legroom is up thanks to the new platform, Mercedes says the change also brings a bump in rear headroom and adds more shoulder space in all seating spots.

Spirited performance

The E400 and E400 4Matic Coupe share M-B’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that makes 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. Fitted with economy-enhancing Start/Stop circuitry and backed by a 9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, it takes the former from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds and the latter to that benchmark speed in 5.5 ticks. Like the Sedan and Wagon, the Coupe comes with a conventional suspension that has adaptive damping but also offers the automaker’s Air Body Control full air suspension as an option. Regardless of underpinnings, all Coupes have a multi-mode Dynamic Select system that lets the  driver configure the chassis, throttle, transmission and other vehicle settings using Comfort/Eco/Sport/Sport+/Individual modes.

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On the tech front, the new E-Class Coupe line offers the same high level of safety and driver-assist features as other new E-Class models, including standard Active Brake Assist that can warn of a potential collision and automatically apply the brakes and the semi-autonomous Drive Pilot. M-B’s corner-following auto-control full LED headlamps are optional on both variants while the firm’s ultra-efficient Magic Vision Control windshield-cleaning system is available on the E400 but standard on the E400 4Matic. 

Additional details as well as EPA mileage numbers and pricing for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 and E400 4Matic Coupe models will be released closer to the on-sale date.

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