Mercedes-Benz introduced the all-new 2018 E-Class Coupe ahead of its public appearance at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, but we finally got the chance to see it in the metal.
Heading to dealerships in summer 2017, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. It measures 190-inches long, making it 4.8-inches longer than the previous model, as well as 73.2-inches wide, which is 2.9-inches wider than before. The stylish coupe also sits 1.3-inches taller at 56.3 inches. As a result, the larger footprint benefits passengers with extra space and comfort, especially in terms of rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room, as well as rear headroom.
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For the U.S. market, the E-Class Coupe will initially launch with the E400 and E400 4MATIC models, powered by a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine with 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Both models are equipped as standard with the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission, allowing the standard model to go zero-to-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The 4MATIC all-wheel-drive variant does the sprint in 5.5 seconds.
The model will come standard with a central 12.3-inch high-resolution COMAND display, and available as an option is the 12.3-inch widescreen instrument cluster that is unique to the segment. Buyers can also opt for an available Sport Package that adds edgier details like front and rear bumpers, as well as side skirts and larger AMG-style wheels. The package also includes a different front grille with chrome-tipped blocks and an AMG leather sports steering wheel for the cabin.
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And since the E-Class Coupe comes standard with COMAND Navigation, it is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Another highlight of the model is Drive Pilot, a system that represents Mercedes-Benz’s next step to semi-autonomous driving. With Distance Pilot Distronic, the car is not only able to keep the correct distance behind vehicles in front on all types of road, but for the first time, it can also automatically follow them at a speed of up to 130 mph.
Expect pricing for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe to be announced closer to its launch in 2017.
“With its clear, aesthetic lines, our new E-Class Coupe appeals equally to the heart and mind,” said Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and responsible for group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development. “It combines contemporary luxury, agile sportiness and high-tech engineering into an automotive personality with spirit, offering exclusive, refined driving pleasure.”
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