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Plans for hot version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

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Hot AMG E50 version of new Mercedes-Benz is set for launch in the second half of next year.

The second half of next year looks set to see the hottest Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe variant being released in the form of the Mercedes-AMG E50 Coupe 4Matic. The release of the car will help to celebrate half a century of AMG, hence the E50 name. The model will become the jewel in the crown of the E-Class line-up. It is also set to become one of the first models in the Mercedes-Benz range to get the brand’s new in-line six-cylinder M256 petrol engine.

Lowdown on the new engine

In its standard form, the M256 3.0-litre electrically turbocharged engine can deliver 402bhp, whilst its performance can be boosted when needed thanks to an electric auxiliary compressor and a starter generator integrated within the unit.

Mercedes-Benz is planning to offer as many as five E-Class Coupe variants, including the AMG E50, and these will offer a choice of six- and four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, although some may not be introduced in the UK. Included in this range is the Mercedes-Benz E200 Coupe, offering a 181bhp four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol unit, and the E300 Coupe with the same engine tuned to deliver 241bhp.

For buyers choosing a diesel variant, there is an E220d Coupe, complete with a new four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged oil burner offering 192bhp. There is also an E350d Coupe with the familiar Mercedes-Benz 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged engine delivering 250bhp.

The entry-level car will have a six-speed manual transmission, but other models have the brand’s nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. All models also come with optional four-wheel-drive 4Matic technology, except for the Mercedes-Benz E300 which has rear-wheel drive.

The Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe

The E400 Coupe is another step up the line and is 141mm longer, 25mm higher and 50mm wider that its C-Class Coupe stablemate, which was introduced last year. It has a unique wheelbase supported by the MRA platform from Mercedes-Benz.

Inside the new car, which is known internally as the C238, a range of features are shared with the current E-Class estate and saloon, including its dashboard design and optional high definition infotainment and instrument displays. It also benefits from intricate air vents in the facia, together with electric feeding assistance for the seat belts in the front and Mercedes-Benz front sport seats.

The cabin also benefits from an increase in length, offering more space inside, but the 425-litre boot loses 25 litres in capacity compared with the current E-Class Coupe, although it is supposed to be a better shape and the capacity can be expanded thanks to its internal configuration and seating.

The new E-Class will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor in being manufactured at Mercedes-Benz’s factory in Bremen, Germany. This is the home of a wide range of models such as the SL, the SLK, the GLC and GLC Coupe, the C-Class estate and C-Class Coupe.

The two-door model, meanwhile, will be the basis from which a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is to be created. This should make its first public appearance at next March’s Geneva motor show.

The birth of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class was first produced in 1993 and has been sold world-wide through five generations. The E first stood for the word Einspritzmotor, which is the German term for a fuel injection engine and referred to a new and popular feature in vehicles in the mid-1990s.

Historically, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the brand’s best-selling model. Over 13 million had been sold around the world by last year. The E-Class title was first given to the facelifted W124 for the 1994 model year.

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