Following several hints at making a coupe version of their new executive saloon last year, Mercedes have taken to this year’s North America International Auto Show with the production-ready E-Class coupe.
While the shape of the new E-Class coupe itself appears to be an extended version of the C-Class, the longer body lends itself well to the lines of the car – particularly towards the more pronounced slope of the A-pillars. The smoothly sloped roofline allows for a shape that gives prominence to the coupe’s front end.
Considering that the E-Class coupe also does away with a B-pillar, the glass gets a teardrop shape that makes it look more streamlined as the C-pillar approaches the rear quarter of the car. All these styling cues are then topped with a glass panel roof to allow more light into the cabin.
The interior makes itself familiar since it’s similar to that of the E-Class sedan. A wide screen goes from the driver’s side all the way to the center area of the dashboard, while various switches are also laid out on the center console. Leather seats flanked with a Burrmester surround sound system will also likely come in handy for long drives as well.
For the United States, the coupe will only be offered as an E400 running a 3.0L Bi-Turbo V6. The motor will push 330PS and 480 Nm of torque through a nine-speed automatic towards either a rear or all-wheel drive drivetrain. Mercedes claims that the E-Class coupe will propel itself from 0 - 97 km/h in 5.2 seconds with this configuration.
No news of an E43 or E63 AMG version for the coupe have yet to surface. For now though, the E-Class will hit dealerships on summer 2017.