It has been rumored for quite a while now and Mercedes has decided to officially confirm the existence of the E-Class Coupe, ahead of its unveiling at the Geneva Auto Show in March.
With a stunning new design based on the all-new 2010 E-Class, the Coupe does away with the B-pillar and features frameless windows. Incredibly, this new design is the most aerodynamic shape of any production vehicle with a coefficient of drag of just 0.24. (This ought to bruise some egos over at Toyota, after the not-yet-released 2010 Prius was recently announced to have the most aerodynamically efficient shape at just .025 cd.)
Mercedes intends to make the E-Class Coupe efficient in many other ways with steering and fuel pumps that only operate when necessary and an alternator that varies depending upon the driving situation and the on-board voltage. Mercedes has also equipped the E-Class Coupe with low rolling resistance tires.
Offered in The U.S. in June, the vehicle will be available as both an E350 and E550. The E350 will make use of Mercedes’ V6 engine with 268hp and 258 ft-lbs of torque and the E550 will use the V8 engine which boasts 382hp and 391 ft-lbs of torque. Two four-cylinder engines will also be available in Europe.
Much like its sedan counterpart the E-Class Coupe will feature plenty of state-of-the-art performance and safety equipment, including Agility Control adaptive shock absorbers and Attention Assist drowsiness detection. High beam assist, which adjusts the vehicle’s headlights based on the distance to a vehicle ahead or one in the oncoming lane, is also standard.
In Europe the E-Class Coupe will also come equipped with an Active Hood that will raise two two inches during an impact to reduce injury to a pedestrian.
Standard equipment includes a leather interior with sport seats, a Panorama Sunroof, Mercedes’s Command System and automatic dual-zone climate control.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe:
Official release after the jump:
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
STUTTGART – Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the coupe version of the new E-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Just two months after the debut of the E-Class sedan, the brand is adding a special highlight to the new range, at the same time maintaining a tradition that has repeatedly been the source of great excitement throughout the history of the E-Class.
The new E-Class Coupe brings together emotion and performance in a very special way. With the classic coupe profile that dispenses with the B-pillar, and with fully retractable side windows, the new two-door offers a particularly sporty interpretation of the dynamic design that defines the new E-Class. Simultaneously, the most aerodynamic version of the coupe sets a new record in wind resistance. With a Cd of 0.24, the model is the world’s most aerodynamically efficient series production vehicle. The model line up for the U.S. market includes the V6-powered E350 (268 hp, 258 lb-ft) and the V8-powered E550 (382 hp, 391 lb-ft). European customers will also have a choice of two new four-cylinder engines that consume up to 17 percent less fuel, while offering a significant increase in power and torque. The new E-Class Coupe will appear in U.S. Mercedes-Benz dealerships in June 2009.
The new coupe offers the full spectrum of technical innovations that might be expected from a sporty, luxury class coupe. These include Agility Control suspension with adaptive shock absorbers, ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection, the preventative passenger protection system PRE-SAFE and, in Europe, an Active Hood which raises two inches during an impact to reduce injury to pedestrians. Adaptive high beam assist and a brake hold function are other examples of how the E-Class Coupe is setting benchmarks within this vehicle class. Other luxurious standard equipment includes leather interior with sport seats and integrated headrests, a Panorama Sunroof, COMAND system with console-mounted controller, 6-disc CD/DVD changer and fully automatic dual-zone digital climate control.
Lower fuel consumption is achieved by a series of real-life orientated initiatives. These include, for example, the needs-based control of the steering and fuel pumps, the application of tires with reduced rolling resistance and the control of the alternator in accordance with driving situation and on-board voltage, as well as the decisive impact of the outstanding aerodynamics.
Design – Expression of a refined, passionate character
The distinctive line of the new two-door emphasizes traditional styling elements that make Mercedes-Benz coupes unmistakable – for example, the side window graphic, uninterrupted by a B-pillar and with fully retractable windows, and the hallmark sports grille dominated by the large three-pointed star in the center.
At the same time, the coupe displays its close relationship with the new E-Class sedan. This is evident in the twin-headlamp look that distinguishes the front of the car. The headlights share their rhomboid form with those of the sedan, albeit with a sportier, sharper appearance that creates an even more dynamic, more aggressive impression. Another feature that the coupe shares with the sedan is the powerful rear fender, which gave the “Ponton” Coupe S 220 of 1955 its athletic appearance.
Despite the family resemblance to the sedan, the new coupe exhibits an individual, refined and, at the same time, passionate character. With the swooping arrow form that dominates the entire front end of the car, starting at the front bumper and carrying well into the hood, the more extreme interpretation of the twin-headlamp look and its more sinewy stature, the new E-Class Coupe conveys an impression that is altogether more sleek and dynamic.