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Mercedes E Class Coupe Moves Ahead of Geneva Debut

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Mercedes Benz E Class Coupe

Debut for Geneva

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Highlights:

  • 4 to 8 cylinder engines making 136hp to 382 hp.
  • Coefficient of Drag of 0.24.
  • Uses technologies seen in the bigger brother - SL Class like road sign recognition, emergency breaking etc.

One of the hottest cars set to grace the stands at next month's Geneva Motor Show has been revealed today in the form of the all-new 2010 Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe. The svelte two-door is the hotly anticipated replacement for the aging CLK Coupe, which has been falling behind against newer competition such as the Audi A5 and E92 BMW 3-series Coupe, and on initial inspection it looks like the latest E-Class Coupe has the competition nailed in the styling department.

The Coupe's styling is based heavily on the new 2010 E-Class Sedan, unveiled at last month's Detroit Auto Show, and it shares most of its engines and its interior with the four-door as well. Thankfully, the new E-Class Coupe also retains the pillar-less glasshouse design and fully retractable side windows of the previous generation CLK.

At the same time the most aerodynamic variant of these achieves an impressive drag coefficient of just 0.24Cd – a figure that is comparable with cars like the Toyota Prius and upcoming Chevrolet Volt.

The range of engines available for the new E-Class Coupe comprises four, six and eight-cylinder units with outputs from 100 kW/136 hp to 285kW/382hp - the top end model being the E500/550. Expect to see an AMG version, however, debut with at least 500hp (373kW) later in the year. The four-cylinder engines are newly developed direct-injection units, which develop a higher output and torque than the comparable V6-engines of the preceding series despite a smaller displacement.

Also fitted to the E-Class Coupe is Mercedes' Agility Control active suspension set-up. This automatically adjusts the firmness of the suspension given the driving conditions and works together with a user-controllable selective damper setting called Dynamic Driving.

Other technologies include drowsiness detection warning systems, a pop-up bonnet, road sign recognition, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive self-dimming head lights.

The new E-Class Coupe will first hit European showrooms this May and should be on sale in the U.S. by the third-quarter of the year. Expect pricing and availability details to be revealed following the car's debut at the upcoming Geneva event.

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[source: Motorauthority]

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LEXUS WANTS ITS TAILLIGHTS BACK just to get it out of the way.

Much nicer looking than a Lexus though I think, and better than the sedan. I still like the front end a lot.

They sure struck out with that interior, though.

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Hmm. With that cut rear glass pane (in order for it to retract into the body work I'm sure) the rear glasshouse looks positively Audi-esque!

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What's with Mercedes and their interiors lately? They blow...

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What's with Mercedes and their interiors lately? They blow...

Maybe since they realized that there was no way in hell they could save themselves from themselves; so ditched Chrysler in some way of the hopes they could right their wrongs.

Yeah, there's my crazy spin to why their interiors are bad (and why Chrysler's are as well).

Sorry all. I was up for some humour!

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I think the new E will grow on me, and this is helping.

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Maybe since they realized that there was no way in hell they could save themselves from themselves; so ditched Chrysler in some way of the hopes they could right their wrongs.

Yeah, there's my crazy spin to why their interiors are bad (and why Chrysler's are as well).

Sorry all. I was up for some humour!

Maybe they kept Chrysler's interior people for themselves when they sold off Chrysler... :)

Interesting way they did the quarter window...makes for a very long glass area for a 2dr.. the little window at the back is better than black plastic, I suppose, but they could have just made the c-pillar thicker. I suppose they needed it for the window to retract all the way into the body, had the quarter window been the full length of the opening it probably wouldn't clear the wheel arch when lowered. I assume that tiny window is fixed?

Interesting that they decided to jettison the CLK name and go back to E-class, as it was prior to the CLK (W126 300CE, E320 coupe, etc).

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So...hardtop with a fixed triangle window in back = EPIC FAIL.

This thing looks better than the sedan but that's not saying much.

Once again, it looks like Daimler kept the guys in charge of styling Chrysler's interiors. I looks downright cheap. The dash doesn't even look like it has stitching on it...the freakin' Ram has stitching on it's dash!

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So...hardtop with a fixed triangle window in back = EPIC FAIL.

This thing looks better than teh sedan but that's not saying much.

Once again, it looks like Daimler kept the guys in charge of styling Chrysler's interiors. I looks downright cheap. The dash doesn't even look like it has stitching on it...the freakin' Ram has stitching on it's dash!

The fixed window reminds of the kind of stuff some car makers did in the 40s-50s on 2dr sedans...I think the '49 Ford had something like that, as did some Dodges and Plymouths..just looks cheap.

M-B didn't do sh*t like this in the past, look at their '80s-90s hardtops, they had serious, thick C-pillars and quarter windows that went all the way down...even with the recent CLs and their thin C-pillars, they didn't do this kind of nonsense.

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i don't get everyone's dislike of mb's latest interior design philosophy. i see technical, robust, commanding, impressive. it's not ghetto fabulous bling like some other mfgs...it's imposing stark brute and very minimalist with a high level of quality and impressive luxury quotient.

as with all MB design, the AMG version will really light this one up, can't wait to see it. this is thier mainstream luxury offering, the midline E-class. the C may sell in higher numbers, but the E is their profit central, and sells to a more affluent and mature buyer base. they need to keep excitement and frill to a minimum while staying on the forefront of luxurious design.

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i don't get everyone's dislike of mb's latest interior design philosophy. i see technical, robust, commanding, impressive. it's not ghetto fabulous bling like some other mfgs...it's imposing stark brute and very minimalist with a high level of quality and impressive luxury quotient.

as with all MB design, the AMG version will really light this one up, can't wait to see it. this is thier mainstream luxury offering, the midline E-class. the C may sell in higher numbers, but the E is their profit central, and sells to a more affluent and mature buyer base. they need to keep excitement and frill to a minimum while staying on the forefront of luxurious design.

Too much black plastic..albeit,.this is a grainy pic, but the dash design and detail looks like something from a $20k Mitsubishi generic...nothing special. Compare this to a 3-series or A5 dash.

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i don't get everyone's dislike of mb's latest interior design philosophy. i see technical, robust, commanding, impressive. it's not ghetto fabulous bling like some other mfgs...it's imposing stark brute and very minimalist with a high level of quality and impressive luxury quotient.

as with all MB design, the AMG version will really light this one up, can't wait to see it. this is thier mainstream luxury offering, the midline E-class. the C may sell in higher numbers, but the E is their profit central, and sells to a more affluent and mature buyer base. they need to keep excitement and frill to a minimum while staying on the forefront of luxurious design.

It's blocky, it looks like other recent Mercedes cars (like the C-Class). These are just the same things Chrysler was criticized for. It doesn't look robust it looks cheap. There's a lack of detail everywhere. Little if any stitching, the center stack is black plastic and a sea of buttons.

As for the outside, it's generic out back which I guess is step up from the ugly Maybach wanna be rear ends of late? The worst offender is that fixed window...it might as well not be a hardtop.

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One thing that is odd, for a hardtop, I have yet to see any pics with the windows down.

I wonder what our resident hardtop lunatic will think..

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Apparently...consider yourself lucky. :P

That, and when I click on the link I get "Error, Not found" via that website.

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My B-59 hardtops quarter glass retracts 100% into the quarter with a thinner C-pillar than that - Buick engineered an S-track which first draws the glass rearward, then pivots & drops the front edge down until it's all gone.

Fixed pane in the mercedes makes it look like a 4-dr greenhouse on a 2-dr. Slightly unsettling. Frankly- the car would look notably sportier if the greenhouse wasn't so lengthy, then the quick-fix of the quarter window problem would remedy itself.

Is it just me or is the frontal overhang continuing to grow?

Interior is generic and not all that stylistically inspired or cohesive.

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Looks good in white (third pic down)... those wheels look Brabus-inspired. 0.24Cd is very impressive; shame about the blocky interior that's inflicted recent Mercs and Chryslers.

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That, and when I click on the link I get "Error, Not found" via that website.

May be your computer is using its Volkswagen firewall that prevents other German vehicles from being viewed.

I checked the link using IE and FF on all my computers and it works.

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May be your computer is using its Volkswagen firewall that prevents other German vehicles from being viewed.

I checked the link using IE and FF on all my computers and it works.

It works now. It didn't yesterday. I tried both browsers, too. Odd.

i don't get everyone's dislike of mb's latest interior design philosophy. i see technical, robust, commanding, impressive. it's not ghetto fabulous bling like some other mfgs...it's imposing stark brute and very minimalist with a high level of quality and impressive luxury quotient.

as with all MB design, the AMG version will really light this one up, can't wait to see it. this is thier mainstream luxury offering, the midline E-class. the C may sell in higher numbers, but the E is their profit central, and sells to a more affluent and mature buyer base. they need to keep excitement and frill to a minimum while staying on the forefront of luxurious design.

Now that I can see it... I can officially say that I'm beginning to have less faith in your automotive taste. That interior is just piss-poor. In these pictures its a little better than what we saw for the sedan, but that interior does not look like in belongs in anything above $30k.

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It works now. It didn't yesterday. I tried both browsers, too. Odd.

Your comp sucks. :P

Now that I can see it... I can officially say that I'm beginning to have less faith in your automotive taste. That interior is just piss-poor. In these pictures its a little better than what we saw for the sedan, but that interior does not look like in belongs in anything above $30k.

:withstupid:

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Your comp sucks. :P

I even went to their website and looked around for it. I think there's a conspiracy here... Haha.

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Huh, I thought the little triangle window would roll down as well like on the W-Cutlass convertible. I wouldn't mind it being fixed if it didn't have the frame around it. It just looks silly now.

Still like the exterior.

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