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Mercedes-Benz unveils E-Class coupe

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Mercedes-Benz will start delivering the E-Class coupe in April, with prices starting from £40,135.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its E-Class Coupe a few days ago and details of pricing in the UK have already made it to the brand's website for British customers. Prices start at £40,135 and go up to £50,775 for what is currently the flagship model.

UK customers will only be able to have the AMG-Line trim, at least at launch, and the starting price pays for a E220d diesel 191bhp AMG-Line engine. An E400 240bhp petrol unit will cost another £890 and the current range-topper gets an E400 4MATIC set-up, which delivers 328bhp.

The technical details

The E220d features the familiar four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine and can deliver zero to 62mph in 7.4 seconds, with a maximum speed of 150mph. Emissions are at 106g/km of CO2 and Mercedes says that this model has a combined fuel economy figure of 71mpg.

The entry-level unit is the four-cylinder 2.0-litre E200, although this won’t be available in the UK. The more powerful take on the same engine, called the E300, will be on offer in the UK. This produces 240bhp and has a top speed of 155mph. It’s zero to 62mph performance is 6.4 seconds and it has a claimed 44mpg combined consumption, together with emissions of 147g/km.

The E400 flagship variant has a 3.0 V6 and four-wheel-drive. It boasts a 0-62mph speed of 5.3 seconds and has a limit of 155mph. Combined fuel consumption is said to be 35mpg and emissions are measured at 183g/km.

More in the future

There is likely to be an E43 ‘AMG-lite’ in the future, producing 396bhp, and before long there should be a V8 delivering 604bhp in an E63 AMG Coupe. All models have the Mercedes-Benz nine-speed auto as standard and the suspension has undergone revisions to lower it and offer improved comfort.

There is the option of Dynamic Body Control three-mode suspension, which is also lower, together with Air Body Control suspension. All of the Coupes have a wider track in order to improve handling. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe can be ordered from the end of the year.

The Mercedes-Benz influence

The official images of the E-Class coupe released by Mercedes-Benz reveal that its design has been heavily influenced by the larger S-Class and smaller C-Class ranges. The rear, for example, features familiar stretched tail-lights, together with a shared rakish roofline.

However, the two-door gets a bespoke A-pillar, in addition to all-round LED lights, whilst pillarless doors ensure that an upmarket appearance is achieved. It is also larger overall than its predecessor. It gains 74mm in width, 123mm in length and is also 32mm higher.

The wheelbase has also been extended by 113mm and Mercedes=Benz claims that this means that there is significantly more head, shoulder and leg space. There is an additional 74mm legroom in the rear, for example.

Inside the E-Class Coupe there are echoes of the saloon, featuring two optional 12.3-inch high-resolution screens which create what seems to be a floating infotainment and instrument display. Together with its own body kit and larger wheels, AMG-Line models also have a leather-wrapped wheel and sportier cabin details. The Mercedes-Benz Coupe also shares the same range of autonomous safety systems and connected services that can be found in the saloon version.

The original two-door Coupe was launched in 2009 and made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It went on sale in May of the same year. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, meanwhile, first made an appearance in 1993. Before this, the same car category was offered but there was no unification in the naming standard.

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