By on December 14, 2016

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There isn’t an overabundance of luxury coupes on the market these days. It’s good to see the company that does them best is actually still doing them.

Occupying the wide middle ground between the S-Class and C-Class, the new E-Class has more in common with the latter model. Minus the badging, there would be a moment of difficulty telling the two apart. Eventually, you would conclude the new E-Class was subtly better in every conceivable way. It’s larger, more attractive, and sports a better engine than the C-Class — and avoids the massive fee commanded by the S-Class.

For starters, it doesn’t have the same taillights as the C-Class — a feature that sullies the otherwise handsome rear. Still, it borrows the rest of the C’s good looks, while the deleted B-pillars mimic the S-Class.

The 2018 E-Class Coupe is almost five inches longer than its forerunner. Dimensions have also swelled in terms of height and girth — making it 1.3 inches taller and 2.9 inches wider. That growth creates more room inside the cabin, which is especially welcome for anyone climbing into the back of the two-seater.

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Of course, Mercedes will have plenty of options to make the increased interior space more livable for the highly discriminating. Leather options, aluminum or wood trim, and an upgraded media center with an optional 12.3-inch display are checkable options. Mercedes also had the foresight to offer occupants with touchpad controls and traditional tactile devices like knobs and buttons. However, the gauge cluster is now entirely digital, meaning drivers can customize the info they want to see. Owners can also choose between 64 different color options for ambient interior lighting.

Mercedes is leaving the 3.0-liter V6 biturbo in the E400 Coupe. The six makes 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque through a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic. The coupe won’t get the 2.0-liter four-cylinder that kicks off the sedan’s lineup, though 4Matic all-wheel drive remains on the menu.

Benz says the E-Class Coupe can make it to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds from a dead stop. There should also be a future AMG model with a 3.0-liter inline-six rated at around 450 horsepower, should you feel like waiting.

The coupe is available with Mercedes’ Drive Pilot suite of semi-autonomous driving systems. The driver assist package can follow the traffic ahead up to the car’s top speed, momentarily guide you along in your lane, or have active brake assist cut in to help prevent an accident.

The 2018 E-Class Coupe will debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month and go on sale next summer.

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[Images: Mercedes-Benz]

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29 Comments on “2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: The Happy Middle Ground of Premium Luxury...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    “The coupe won’t get the 2.0-liter four-cylinder that kicks off the sedan’s lineup”

    Sorry, Tim.

  • avatar

    That one is for the “high cost gas” markets. In Germany, it is amazing to see that what we consider the normal engine, the six, is their BIG engine (and gas power to boot !), and our big engine, the 8 or the AMG, is so rare as to be nonexistent. In the land of expensive gas, you get a 2 liter diesel, or maybe gas, but rarely more. A six gas is like tossing euro out the window.

    Imagine if all GM cars were Caddy or Corvette…that is what we get from the Germans. I still miss the 1 series five door I’d otherwise own.

  • avatar
    319583076

    Looks great save for the balloon-knot vents. There’s your anal German stereotype revealed…

  • avatar

    Meh, it looks like everything else. I love the C-Klasse, this not so much.

  • avatar
    redliner

    What is this “premium luxury” you speak of? I’m assuming it’s better than regular luxury.

    • 0 avatar
      DanyloS

      Seriously, “Premium Luxury” !? How many tiers of Luxury are there now. Before you know it everyone will pull the Porsche model ie the entry level Porsche is a used one.

      • 0 avatar
        ItsMeMartin

        I think it will be the other way around: since the majority of the public associates “luxury” solely with the badge that happens to be slapped on the grille (and tens of other, redundant places) with no consideration given to the car’s tangible qualities, we will see a further proliferation of tiers of luxury and the further bastardization of the term, just like it happened with “sport”. The Renault-powered CLAs, 2 liter Macans, BMW FWD minivans, and diesel Cayennes are just the beginning.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    The dash layout reminds me of the Toro Troféo with CRT touchscreen, yet I’d prefer the Olds.

    The rear reminds me of the postwar Beetle.

  • avatar
    trecoolx

    I’ve never understood the E-Class coupe’s split window in front of the C-pillar. Is it purely aesthetic or functional?

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    FCUK YOU MERCEDES!

    YOU SUCK WET, MOLDY BALLS!

    First, you put the 2.0 4 banger (yes, everyone, I realize that larger engines are optional; so what…) in the E-Class, completely delegitimatizing its luxury car credentials, then you style it to look like dog taking a $hit, then you give it an interior not much (if at all) better than an Avalon.

    I think my current 3 1/2 year old MB E350 will be the last time I buy any other Mercedes, new or used.

    Once again, GO FCUK YOURSELF!

    You are on the naughty list with Crapillac and Acura.

    A BMW 3 Series is more luxurious than this, as is an Audi A6, as is a Toyota Avalon, and maybe the new Lincoln Continental, to boot, you MF’s!

    Mercedes, save for your CUVs, which are all the rage even for the Koreans OEMs (and Chinese, too, ala BUICK CHINRESE ENVISION), you ARE LOSING YOUR REASON TO EXIST.

    #SAD

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      This two minutes of hate was brought to you by Cadillac.

      Cadillac: Fail Greatly.

    • 0 avatar
      ItsMeMartin

      There’s no need for gloom, Deadweight. At least Ford is not going anywhere, right? See, you’ll be fine.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      So did you notice that you were posting this on an article about the E-Class *coupe,* which isn’t available with the four?

      It tends to hurt when you run through a sliding door at full speed without making sure it’s open first.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        It doesn’t matter. Even the coupe shouldn’t have any 4 banger POS.

        This is an E Class, not a CLA.

        To make matters worse, this looks like a cheapened, dog-squat-$hit riff on the CLA, with an interior (part vinyl-top dash Camry, part CLA) that is unworthy of the MB Badge or this price point.

        You are free to disagree with me, but I’m objectively correct on most matters.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          Again, the coupe doesn’t have a 4. It’s got the turbo V6 now, only, and will add a more powerful turbo I6 later.

          If this interior is similar to that of the E-Class sedan, it’s ten cuts above the CLA. Material quality is night and day.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            My bad, and it’s a big one. Apologies, Dal.

            The E sedan has the 2.0 4 banger, though, so still fcku Mercedes.

            I read this uncarefully/hurriedly which I typically don’t do.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      While we are b*tching about Mercedes, why does the S550 coupe come with 4Matic standard but the S550 sedan and cabriolet offer RWD?

    • 0 avatar
      baconator

      Go to the dealer and look before you judge. I’ve been test-sitting E-class sedans, and the interior quality is a *major* leap forward over the prior-gen E.

      Scheduled to test-drive an E43 when it comes in. I share your belief that 4 cylinders is just wrong in this class of car, regardless of how much torque can be wrung out of a turbo-4 these days.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Making the E-Class coupe actually E-Class based is probably a good move from a branding and lineup rationalization perspective. It never made much sense to have two totally different coupes of almost identical size on the same platform.

    But for my own use I liked the dimensions of the old one better. I’ve never liked coupes to be big. And it had a V8 with real power without being an over the top AMG Rev Your Engine At Me special.

    Every now and then I find myself perusing Cars.com looking at previous generation E550 coupes. I will still be looking at the previous generation, not this one.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Interior’s too shiny. It triggers my idiot-armor-alled-his-dash revulsion. Fascinating how the same aesthetic can exist in the minds of both Pontiac owners and Mercedes designers.

  • avatar
    kmoney

    That screen installation doesn’t really work here like it does in the s-class. Looks incomplete and too big for the much smaller dashboard.

  • avatar
    pb35

    E is for Eldorado.

  • avatar
    Moparmann

    This interior STILL has the HUMONGOUS console, and seemingly precious little real space, ESPECIALLY for those of us exceeding 6′ in height!

  • avatar

    Every C-Class I’ve driven, including AMGs, have been insufferable pieces of shit.

    Every E-Class I’ve driven has been sublime – with the AMG E63 S being particularly spectacular.

  • avatar
    White Shadow

    I still can’t get past the C-Class taillights. They remind me of something you’d see on a Korean car. The E-Class looks so much better for that very reason alone. The only real problem is that Audi and BMW both do coupes SOOOOO much better.

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