The new E-Class Coupe will be the first Mercedes-Benz model to reflect a more conservative design style when it arrives next year. The new two-door is due to make its debut at the Detroit motor show in January and reach the UK in April. The more restrained styling approach is being introduced under the watch of Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener. He said: “We’re progressing the design of our production cars to a new phase. It still adheres to the basic principles evident in more recent models. But it is much cleaner and more timeless in appeal.”
Overall, the E-Class Coupe closely resembles the larger S-Class Coupe, with shared design elements that include a distinctive cab-back silhouette and detail features such as the shape of the headlights and horizontal tail-lights. The E-Class Coupe also forms the basis of an all-new E-Class Cabriolet. Set for UK sales next year, it will feature a fabric hood and a 2+2 seating layout, like today’s model. Mechanically, the new two-door E-Class, known internally under the codename C208, draws heavily on the recently introduced sixth-generation E-Class saloon and estate.
Having previously used a C-Class-based platform, it now uses the brand’s modular rear architecture (MRA) structure, with a different wheelbase and wider tracks providing it with a significantly larger footprint. Among the engines planned for the B MW 6-Series Coupe rival are the latest generation of Mercedes’ 2.0-litre four-cylinder and newly developed 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. It will also get a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8. All engines will be mated exclusively to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Alongside standard rear-wheel drive, selected models will feature optional four-wheel drive.
Plans for a range-topping E63 Coupe model are yet to be confirmed, but Mercedes-AMG sources said a new V6-powered C43 Coupe model is scheduled to be launched next year. Inside, the new E-Class Coupe largely shares its cabin architecture and equipment with the latest E-Class saloon and estate. In a move set to be adopted by other Mercedes models, the E-Class Coupe axes the rotary controller for the infotainment system and replaces it with an enlarged version of the existing optional touchpad.