Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 2018 E Class Coupe (sold as 2017MY in Germany) at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (or 2017 Detroit Auto Show). Reports had been saying that Mercedes will commence sales of the E Class coupe in the first or second quarter of 2017. However, it turns out that Mercedes is already selling the 2018 E Class Coupe in its home market, Germany.
Those residing in Germany could now place their orders for the 2018 Mercedes E Class Coupe and get their premium two-door cars as early as March 2017. Buyers could have their own 2018 E Class at a starting price of €41,220 ($42,980) -- excluding taxes – for the entry-level E200.
2018 2-door E Class coupe is considered to be Mercedes’ answer to the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5. It is heavily influenced by Mercedes’ “sensual purity” design, considering its fuller body, smoother shape and sloping roofline. The new E Class coupe is underpinned by Mercedes’ latest modular rear architecture (MRA platform). In terms of dimensions, the new E-Class coupe measures 4,827 mm in length, 1,860 mm in width and 1,430 mm in height – making it 141 mm longer, 50 mm wider and 25 mm taller than the C-Class coupe. These measurements give rise to sleek yet elegant coupe proportions typical of Mercedes. Its front end is defined by a long hood with power domes, a low-positioned sport grille and central star, and an elongated greenhouse. Notable is the absence of a B pillar, paving way to four frameless side windows.
Meanwhile, the interior of the E Class Coupe could be defined as sportily luxurious. This is thanks to certain interior elements like a widescreen cockpit seemingly floating in space, a fascia-spanning trim, a digital instrument cluster with virtual instruments, turbine engine-inspired air vents, and highly plush seats. In addition, the E Class Coupe makes use of high-grade materials and contemporary colors. Moreover, the E Class Coupe features 64 ambient lighting colors!
The new E Class Coupe is available in Germany in several versions: gasoline-fueled E200, E300 and E400 models, and the diesel-powered E220d. The entry-level E200 gets its power from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that could deliver 184 hp (135 kW) of output and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. A more powerful version of the same engine is found on the E300, providing 245 hp (180 kW) of output and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque.
The range-topping E400 is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine – a detuned version of the powerplant in the AMG 43 units – that generates 333 hp (245 kW) of output and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque. On the other hand, the diesel engine in the E220d could provide 194 hp (143 kW) of output and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. A more powerful diesel variant is expected to arrive later with the E350d.