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

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

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]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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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.

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