The Geneva Motor Show will see the return of an intriguing product when Mercedes-Benz presents the new E-Class Coup. Just three months after the presentation of the Sedan, the brand is launching a highlight in the new model series while continuing a tradition that has repeatedly met with great enthusiasm throughout the history of the E-Class.
With its classic coup side aspect - no B-pillars and fully retractable side windows - the new two-door is a particularly sporty interpretation of the E-Class design. At the same time, the most aerodynamic variant of the Coup achieves a new world best in terms of drag coefficient: with a Cd-figure of just 0.24, this model is the world's most aerodynamically efficient production car.
The model includes two new four-cylinder engines, which consume up to 17% less fuel whilst offering a significant increase in performance and torque. The new E-Class Coup's standard-fit Agility Control suspension adjusts automatically to the driving situation. It combines driving enjoyment and excellent handling with maximum comfort.
The new Coup offers all the technical innovations of the new E-Class series. These include selective damper control, drowsiness detection, preventive occupant protection and the Active Bonnet (hood). As a feature specific to the Coup, the Dynamic Driving package allows different suspension setups at the touch of a button. Adaptive Main Beam Assist and an automatic emergency braking system are also features with which the new series sets standards in this vehicle category.
The E-Class also takes on a pioneering role in the drive sector. The new diesels and direct-injection gasoline engines combine efficiency with an effortless power delivery. The engine line-up includes two new four-cylinder models, which deliver significantly more power and torque while consuming up to 17% less fuel. The best example is the E 250 CDI BlueEfficiency Coup, which consumes 53.3mpg , making it one of the most economical vehicles in its class.
The exemplary, fuel consumption has not only been achieved because of the new engines, but also with a number of practical measures. These include on-demand activation of the steering and fuel pumps, the use of tires with low rolling resistance and an alternator control system which takes account of the current driving situation and the vehicle's electrical power requirements, plus the very decisive factor of outstanding aerodynamics.
The design of the new two-door model includes traditional styling elements which give Mercedes-Benz Coups their unmistakable identity: for example the side windows, which are not interrupted by a B-pillar and are fully retractable. Another hallmark of Mercedes Coup is the sports radiator grille with the large central star.
At the same time the Coup shows its close family resemblance to the E-Class Sedan. This is shown by the 'twin-headlamp face', with rhomboid contours but somewhat sportier, sharper treatment for a more dynamic and incisive look. Another design feature which the Coup shares with the Sedan is the powerful contour of the rear wing.
Although it shares family traits, the Coup has its own identity. The arrow shape of the entire front section from front bumper to radiator to hood, the more extreme interpretation of the twin headlamp face and its more lean build give it a racier and more dynamic presence.
The seats of the E-Class Coup are new developments whose design and technology reflect the sporty nature of this two-door Mercedes. They are electrically adjustable for seat height and backrest angle as standard. The high, sporty backrests have a practical Easy-Entry function to make access easier for rear-seat passengers. In conjunction with electric adjustment with memory (an optional extra), the front seats are equipped with electro pneumatically adjustable four-way lumbar supports; these are able to provide anatomically favorable support for the lower spine, which further improves seating comfort.
Luxury seats with leather upholstery are standard on the SE, and active ventilation is available as an optional extra. The newly developed multicontour seats with inflatable air chambers in the front seat cushions as well as in the center and side bolsters are standard on the Sport model. Two comfortable individual seats are available for the rear passengers. These feature backrests that can be folded down individually or together to increase the capacity of the luggage compartment.
While the engine in this new car focus on efficiency, the most powerful model at launch will be the top-of-the-range E 500 Coup. The muscular V8 engine boasts 388hp and 530Nm of torque. Mercedes engineers have enhanced details of the eight-cylinder unit to returns 25.9mpg (combined NEDC consumption). All the engines in the new E-Class Coups meet the EU5 exhaust emission standard.
Drowsiness is one of the most common causes of accidents on freeways. This is why Mercedes experts have developed the Attention Assist system that forms part of the standard equipment of the new E-Class Coup. As the vehicle is being driven, the system continuously evaluates more than 70 different parameters in order to identify driver drowsiness and provide a warning before the dangerous microsleep phase begins. Observing the driver's steering behavior has proved to be a particularly strong indicator: several years of research by Mercedes engineers has shown that drowsy drivers make minor steering errors, which they often correct very rapidly in a characteristic way. This steering behavior is recognized by a special steering angle sensor.
The car features the most comprehensive array of safety features in the vehicle category. It has seven standard-fit airbags, belt tensioners and belt force limiters on all seats, as well as crash-responsive head restraints for the driver and front passenger. The front crumple zone has four independent impact planes, which allow the forces to be distributed over a wide area while bypassing the passenger cell.
An Active Hood, which forms part of the standard equipment, is the latest development to result from Mercedes-Benz's long-standing and successful commitment to pedestrian protection. In the event of an impact, a system of springs raises the rear section of the hood by 50mm within a fraction of a second, thereby increasing the available deformation space. A special feature of the Mercedes system is its reversible mechanism, which allows the driver to reset the Active Hood without having to visit a workshop.
The new E-Class Coup's standard-fit Agility Control suspension adjusts automatically to the current driving situation. In order to provide the best possible ride comfort, this system reduces the damping during normal driving but immediately applies the maximum damping force during dynamic cornering or sudden evasive manoeuvres. This ensures optimum stability.
To meet the requirements of even more demanding drivers, Mercedes-Benz has developed a dynamic handling package (Standard on the E500 Coup and optional on the Sport model line) with an electronically controlled damping system. This processes sensor data about the current driving situation and adjusts the shock absorbers separately for each wheel. Furthermore, the driver can switch between two drive modes - Comfort and Sport - which make corresponding adjustments to the suspension set-up, accelerator response and the shift points of the automatic transmission. A newly developed speed-sensitive sports steering system with a more direct ratio and variable centring is also standard on the Sport model line.
The well-proven operating concept from the S-Class, comprising the multifunction steering wheel, Controller on the center tunnel, color display in the dashboard and direct selection buttons also offers the occupants of the new E-Class Coup a high standard of operating comfort.
The Controller puts all the functions of the advanced infotainment system - such as the radio, CD/DVD player, telephone and navigation system - at the fingertips of the driver and front passenger. The Audio 20 CD radio with eight loudspeakers, a CD player and a Bluetooth interface for a mobile phone is fitted as standard. Customers who specify the optional COMAND multimedia system benefit from additional functions such as a hard-disc navigation system, a DVD changer, the Music Register (storage for about 1000 music tracks), a media interface for connecting external MP3, and voice control with whole-word recognition. Further options for even greater listening pleasure are available in the form of a 500-watt surround sound system, players and a tuner for digital radio reception. Navigation 50 will also be optional on the E-Class Coup providing a compromise between Audio 20 and COMAND offering a head unit with full color mapping as well as the media interface.