1. It’s now a real E-Class
Badges aren’t always what they seem. The last-gen E-Class Coupe was essentially a puffed-up C-Class underneath: now, though, this is a bona fide E-Class saloon with a swoopier body on top.
Inside, turbine-inspired air vents are new for the Coupe, but the same very wide widescreen display dominates the dash. On the outside, it’s grown, significantly. At 123mm longer. 74mm wider and 32mm higher (with 67mm wider front and rear tracks) than its imposter of a predecessor it can now claim to be a true grand tourer with space in the back for two adult humans, ensconced in ‘sporty’ two-tone leather.
It does. however, hover awkwardly in a space somewhere between a BMW 4-Series and a 6-Series. Perfect, then, for all you crazy non-conformists out there.
2. It’s clean…
Cast your mind back less than a decade, when even the most asthmatic superminis were struggling to pip 120g/km of CO2. Got it? Now consider this: the E220d Coupe is a large, luxury coupe featuring Merc’s mercifully refined new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with outputs of 191bhp and 295lb ft of torque. It’s capable of a claimed 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 150mph. Yet it has claimed economy figures of 70.6mpg and 106g/km CO2. That’s just staggering.
Prefer petrol? Fear not, the E300 deploys a 242bhp 2.0-litre turbo, while the E400 comes with 4MATIC all-wheel drive and 328bhp 3.0-litre V6 for 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds. All come exclusively with a nine-speed auto.
3. …But not that clean
Despise rear tyres but have a fondness for Shell paints? Great news! An AMG E63 Coupe is coming.
Well, for complete clarity, it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but whispers are it’s a dead cert given that the trick 4MATIC transmission from the E63S saloon means it won’t step on the toes of the rear-drive-only C63 Coupe. As a refresher, the E63S saloon gargles premium unleaded via a 604bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that employs all four wheels for maximum traction, or engaging Drift mode sends it all to the rear, allowing the tyre-slaying to commence.
Expect mirror performance to the saloon, so 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds for the S, or 3.5 seconds for the non-Drift-mode enabled, 563bhp “standard” model.
4. Mind the speed bumps
Well, it wouldn’t be a coupe without a subtly enhanced stance to go with that elegant roof line, would it?
Mercedes hears you, which is why the Coupe is dropped 15mm closer to the tarmac than the Saloon. For the ultimate ride/handling combo, you need to option the multi-chamber air suspension, with adaptive dampers — switchable between four modes: Comfort, Eco Sport and Sport+.
5. It drives itself
So do all other E-Classes, to be fair, but it’s worth reiterating just how abnormally clever this car is. Drive Pilot is Merc’s next step towards full have-a-nap-in-the-back autonomous driving, that not only keeps a set distance to the car in front on the motorway, but will follow them at speeds up to 130mph — ideal if you’re a German commuter.
Remote Parking Pilot is similarly freaky, letting you step out of the car and roll it into, or out of your garage using a smartphone app. James Bond, eat your heart out.
6. Fewer doors, more cash
In the continually puzzling saga of coupes with fewer doors and less metal costing more than their saloon counterparts, you’ll pay roughly a £1,200 surplus over the equivolent saloon. That means a 220d in AMG-line trim (the only spec available to us sporty-rimz-loving Brits) will cost £40.135, while the 300 weighs in at £41,025 and the 400 4MATIC at £50,775.
The order books are already open for all you keen beans, with first deliveries expected in April.