Ahead of its scheduled debut at next month's Detroit auto show, Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off of a decidedly stylish 2018 E-Class Coupe.
Building on the swoopy design of the current E-Class sedan, the E-Class Coupe will go on sale during the summer of 2018. Initially, Mercedes will launch the two-door as the E400 and E400 4Matic, the latter denoting its all-wheel drive system in place of the standard rear-wheel drive setup. Later, an AMG-tuned variant called the Mercedes-AMG E50 will arrive.
The two-door actually rides on a slightly shorter wheelbase (113.1 versus 115.7 inches) than the sedan—that's because the E-Class Coupe actually rides on a version of the smaller Mercedes-Benz C-Class platform. In all, the E-Class Coupe is nearly 4 inches shorter than the sedan, although it's a hair wider. Compared to the outgoing E-Class Coupe, however, the 2018 model is considerably bigger in every dimension, which should pay off in terms of interior roominess.
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Clearly, the E-Class Coupe's styling inside and out is derivative of the sedan—but the Coupe should get some of its own interior hues and textures.
Although the AMG version is yet to come, Mercedes promises that the E400 two-door will be a thoroughly sporty model. Its suspension sits lower to the ground than that in the E-Class sedan and it will offer a choice between conventional and adaptive air suspensions.
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Under its hood sits a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, the same unit used in the E400 wagon. In both the E400 and E400 4Matic Coupe models, the V-6 is rated at 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Power goes to the rear or all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission.
There's more tech in the coupe than ever before, too, with standard wireless charging and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Oddly, Mercedes will require buyers to opt for navigation if they want CarPlay and Android Auto, which somewhat negates their usefulness. Not surprisingly, the automaker's full complement of semi-autonomous driving features that allow the car to accelerate, brake, and steer on its own in certain situations will be optional.
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