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2009-02-17 11:44
Merc has released images of its latest E-Class coupe, due for public viewing at the Geneva motor show in two weeks time. If you like your Merc with dual split front headlights, you’re going to love it.

Riding on the new W212 platform, the latest E-Class coupe is both 45mm longer and wider, yet curiously 15mm lower that the long-serving CLK it replaces. The new proportions result in a wheelbase increase of 43mm, which should bode well for rear occupant comfort.

Safest E-Class coupe yet

Elongated, wrap-around rear taillights, parallelogram shaped exhausts and two distinctive styling creases around the waist and shoulder line balance the new car’s slightly longer proportions. In profile the continued absence of a B-pillar confirms the E-Class coupe heritage, with its optimal greenhouse glass surface area, is retained.

The most controversial styling element will undoubtedly be the new front, with its major/minor partnered quad polygonal headlights.

Interior styling is in-line with current Benz trends, with the new COMAND infotainment system featuring a console-mounted controller and individual rear bucket seats being the distinguishing features.

Safety is well catered for with seven airbags, whiplash reducing headrests, a tungsten-strengthened passenger safety cell and radar-enabled pre-Safe braking assistance.

Dynamically the new car will boast Merc’s new Agility Control damping system as an option, with performance orientated drivers able to specify a sportier set-up featuring a more responsive steering rack and greater electronic damper control.

New headlights sure to be a make-or-break styling feature.

Turbo power

Powering the new E-Class coupe will be a range of engines. Two new direct-injection, turbocharged four-cylinder engines are small in capacity but impressive in terms of output.

Both these new engines produce identical power outputs – 150kW – with the compression ignition version, displacing 2.2l versus 1.8l, eclipsing its petrol sibling by producing 500Nm of torque compared to 310Nm.

The entry-level buy in point will be a direct-injection 1.8l petrol engine producing 135kW. Further up the range buyers keen on V-configuration engines still have option on the E 350 CGI V6 and E 500 V8, which produce 215kW and 285kW respectively.

Unconfirmed at this stage, performance buyers will surely have an AMG spec E-Class coupe powered by the redoubtable 6.2l V8 in the near future too.

Still no B-pillar, yet the flanks with their twin styling creases and oversized, wraparound taillights blend well.


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