2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: The Happy Middle Ground of Premium Luxury

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2018 mercedes benz e class coupe the happy middle ground of premium luxury

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.

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.

[Images: Mercedes-Benz]

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  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on Dec 15, 2016

    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.

  • White Shadow White Shadow on Dec 15, 2016

    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.

  • Tassos BTW I thought this silly thing was always called the "Wienermobile".
  • Tassos I have a first cousin with same first and last name as my own, 17 years my junior even tho he is the son of my father's older brother, who has a summer home in the same country I do, and has bought a local A3 5-door hatch kinds thing, quite old by now.Last year he told me the thing broke down and he had to do major major repairs, replace the whole engine and other stuff, and had to rent a car for two weeks in a touristy location, and amazingly he paid more for the rental ( Euro1,500, or $1,650-$1,700) than for all the repairs, which of course were not done at the dealer (I doubt there was a dealer there anyway)
  • Tassos VW's EV program losses have already been horrific, and with (guess, Caveman!) the Berlin-Brandenburg Gigafactory growing by leaps and bounds, the future was already quite grim for VW and the VW Group.THis shutdown will not be so temporary.The German Government may have to reach in its deep pockets, no matter how much it hates to spend $, and bail it out."too big to fail"?
  • Billccm I had a 1980 TC3 Horizon and that car was as reliable as the sun. Underappreciated for sure.
  • Inside Looking Out I did not notice, did they mention climate change? How they are going to fight climate change, racism and gender discrimination. I mean collective Big 3.