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Eagerly Anticipated Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

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Next month sees the launch of an updated Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe, with aesthetic refreshments and revised equipment levels. The brand is known for its luxury quotient but the E-Class Coupe is designed to give it a stronger presence in sportier arenas.

Mercedes-Benz's sleek, two-seater efforts have all been predictably competent but have lacked charisma on the road. The German giant is hoping the larger and racier E-Class Coupe will change that and, to this end, has loaded the car with all the latest technology, their best engines and a rather athletic design. This Coupe replaces the CLK, riding on the larger base of the executive E-Class saloon. Its most likely competition comes from the more compact Audi A5 and BMW 3 Series Coupe.

The powerplant range available to the Coupe is strong, with a 204bhp 1.8 litre direct injection turbo marking the entry-level E250 CGI petrol unit, followed by a more muscular 292bhp V6 in the E350 CGI. The diesel quotient is filled by the twin-turbocharged E250 CDI, with 2.2 litres and the same 204bhp power output as its petrol equivalent but far more torque and an E350 CDI 231bhp six cylinder unit. All these engines are from the BlueEFFICIENCY range, which means fuel economy is impressive even from the petrol units. The current range-topper is the E500, powered by a 388bhp V8 engine, but there is an E63 AMG with 450bhp planned for later release.

The sporty suspension set up boasts electronic Agility Control as standard on all models, suiting the damping force used according to road conditions, while Sport and higher performance models can choose a Dynamic Handling Package, with selectable comfort and sport settings. Those same models get a speed sensitive sports steering system. The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual, with a seven-speed automatic box for the higher powered cars.

The Coupe's design follows the standard E-Class visual language, but allied to a more aerodynamic shape. It is bigger than its CLK predecessor but with two individual rear seats, it is a four seater rather than five, although these can be folded down for carrying large loads. The cabin both looks like the original E-Class and is endowed with similar high-tech gadgets. A variety of safety features are included as standard, with even more available from the options list.

The E-Class Coupe should attract a more dynamic range of buyers than the usual Mercedes clientele. It has all the luxury and comfort buyers expect from the brand but with added driver enjoyment.

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