Mercedes Updates E-Class Coupe & Cabrio


Facelifted versions of the E-Class coupe and convertible revealed ahead of their debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

Mercedes-Benz recently revealed a facelift for the E-Class sedan and wagon, but that's only half the story. One the CLK was discontinued, Mercedes integrated new two-doors into the C- and E-Classes, and has just released the updated version of the latter. The existing E-Class coupe and convertible were both strikingly shaped models, but the newly updated versions take the design a step further, integrating the revisions applied to the four-door models into their svelte shapes.

That translates to new headlights that ditch the quadruple individual elements in favor of two integrated lenses flanking a reshaped grille and topping a more aggressive lower fascia. The rear end has similarly been revised, while the interior has been refreshed as well with a new steering wheel, a column-mounted shift lever in place of the central console shifter. The new coupe and convertible E-Class models also adopt the latest safety and convenience technologies Mercedes has to offer, including the stereo digital eye, collision prevention and active parking assist systems.

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Engines carry over unchanged, with gasoline and diesel four-cylinder motors offered overseas but six- and eight-cylinder engines composing the US models. The E350 packs a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 (available with 4Matic all-wheel drive in the coupe), while the E550 carries the 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 with 402 horsepower. The revised E-Class coupe and convertible will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in a week and a half, with deliveries commencing in the summer. New coupe and convertible versions of the upcomign C- and S-Class families will launch within the next few years, offering an array of choices under the Silver Star brand.