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Mercedes-Benz is adding all-wheel-drive to their C-class and E-class coupes according to a report by Car and Driver.
Until now, both coupes were available exclusively in rear-wheel drive. The 4Matic versions will only be available with one engine option: Mercedes’ 3.5-liter V6 making 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
Despite the 4-matic option, Mercedes will continue to offer rear-wheel drive versions as well as the rear-wheel drive exclusive C63 AMG coupe, E550 coupe and C250 coupe.
Car and Driver speculates that this could signal a C 350 4-matic sedan in addition to the C300 where it is standard equipment.
Gallery: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
[Source: Car and Driver]
Hot on the heels of its modification program for the E-Class sedan, German Mercedes-tuner has released a full line of products for the E-Class Coupe.
Highlights include a full aero kit, new 20-inch wheels and, or course, a massive engine upgrade with 462hp.
The aero kit includes a new polyurethane front bumper with integrated LED lights, side skirts and a rear bumper with special cutouts for the Brabus exhaust system. Aluminum front fenders are also available.
Brabus offers 17, 18, 19 and even 20-inch wheels for the E-Class Coupe with the largest 20s measuring 20×9.5-inches up front and 20×9.5-inches in the rear with 235/30/20 and 265/25/20 tires. Different suspension parts are available from lowering springs to a full coilover setup.
A big brake kit is also available with six-piston front calipers, four-piston rear calipers and 14.2-inch rotors all around.
As for the engine, Brabus offers its 6.1-liter V8 engine for the E-Class Coupe, which delivers 462hp and 453 ft-lbs of torque at 3100 rpm. Brabus claims a 0-62 mph sprint in just 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph.
GALLERY: Brabus E-Class Coupe
More on the Brabus E-Class Coupe after the jump:
The all-new E-Class Coupe from Mercedes would more accurately be called a C-Class Coupe. We’re not saying that to knock the car either. It’s just that, technically speaking, it’s a C-Class underneath.
That’s right, the chassis of the new E-Class Coupe is based on the C-Class sedan’s architecture. The vehicle is even built int he same facility as it’s lower-level sibling in Bremen, Germany. The E-Class sedan is built elsewhere in Sindelfingen.
By using the smaller car’s chassis, Mercedes was able to drop 400 lbs of weight as compared to the sedan. The weight-saving measure is also a cost-cutting measure – which Mercedes is passing on to the consumer. The entry-level E350 E-Class Coupe costs $50 less than the outgoing CLK350.
[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]
Mercedes will price the all-new 2010 E-Class significantly less than the outgoing model. In fact, the 2010 E350 will retail for just under $50,000 – $49,475 to be exact. That price is $4,600 less than the ’09 E-Class.
“We are continuing the strategy we started with the new C class two years ago by pricing close to actual transaction prices,” Mercedes USA CEO Ernst Lieb told the Automotive News.
The 2010 E-Class includes a long list of sate-of-the-art safety features, some of which are not yet offered in the flagship S-Class. These include Blind Sport Assist, Attention Assist, Brake Assist Plus and Lane Keeping Assist, which will notify the driver through vibrations in the steering wheel if the vehicle detects it is drifting off the road.
Higher level versions of the E-Class will also see MSRP reductions, with the E550 priced at $57,175, and the AWD 4MATIC model starting at 57,675.
As for the upcoming E-Class Coupe, it will be priced very close to the current CLK, with a base MSRP of $48,925 – $50 less than the current CLK. The E550 Coupe will come in at $55,525.
The 2010 E-Class goes on sale in June, with 4MATIC versions offered in the fall and the E63 coming in early winter. As for the upcoming E350 Bluetec diesel, it will arrive in March of 2010. An E-Class Convertible will follow after that.
[Source: Automotive News]
2015 vehicle to achieve 0.20 cd rating
Mercedes-Benz is working to bring a vehicle with a drag coefficient of just 0.20 cd to market by as early as 2015. The company has been hard at work improving the aerodynamic efficiency of its vehicles in an attempt to reduce overall fuel consumption.
The 0.20 cd target might seem ambitious, were it not for the fact that the German luxury automaker currently produces the world’s most aerodynamically efficient vehicle: the new E-Class coupe. With a 0.24 cd, the new E-Class Coupe even maintains a “normal” design – or at least a design that one might expect in such a segment.
Surprisingly, this design is more effective at cutting through the air than those futuristic-looking hybrid models like the Toyota Prius, with its 0.25 cd rating. To put this in to perspective the original Honda Insight had a rating of 0.15 cd.
Rainer Tiefenbacher, the man behind the E-Class, told U.K. pub AutoCar that, “There is still plenty more to come as we explore ways of improving fuel efficiency. Designers are still learning about what works aerodynamically and are having to consider it more and more when they think about how a car will look.”
“There are big steps to be made, especially around and under the engine hood. Twenty years ago we celebrated a 0.30 Cd, in five years we will reach the next big step.”
According to Autoblog.nl, these few photos are of the upcoming E-Class Coupe. Rumors of the vehicle have been circulating for a long time now and it seems as though Mercedes will actually go through with this two-door version of the E-Class. And why not, the CL is really just an S-Class Coupe.
Once thought to be somewhat of a long-shot, the model does seem like a reality now after viewing the recently released photos of the 2010 E-Class sedan.
We expect several models of the coupe to be available, including a 382hp E550 and several AMG varients – including a gunuine possibility of a Black Series.