2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Coupe Drive Review

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Coupe Drive Review
- Mercedes-Benz’s near about 13 distinct Mercedes-Benz model lines in the U.S. alone for 2017, ranging from diminutive roadsters to giant SUVs, to say nothing of the Maybach and AMG spinoffs, more than enough to get customer attention

- Mercedes-Benz new E coupe, is considerably larger than its predecessor

- new W213-generation E-class platform has grown 4.4 inches between the axles, 4.8 inches in length, 2.9 inches in width, and 1.5 inches in height, thus placing the new mid-size two-door neatly between the C-class coupe and S-class coupe

- compared with the E-class sedan, it is 1.5-inches lower on a 2.6-inch-shorter wheelbase

- the removal of the upper contour line found on nearly every other Mercedes

- the broad and rather shovel-like front apron, the long, straked hood and the supersleek windshield

- arcing roofline and the lack of a B-pillar remain hallmarks of the E-class coupe

- reduce the thickness of the C-pillars, a key contributor to the car’s breezy elegance

- unlike the E-class sedan, the E coupe is offered in only one potency, badged E400

- a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, nine-speed automatic, choice of rear or all-wheel drive

- shift response of the nine-speed, even in Sport mode, is more silken than snappy

- all-wheel-drive zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds

- E400 coupe is not best being driven hard, but feels strident and robust

- AMG-tuned E50 coupe powered by its new turbocharged inline-six, called M256 internally, a powerplant that Mercedes has said will produce in excess of 400 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque

- an E63 coupe will not happen

- coil springs with driver-adjustable dampers will come standard, optional Air Body Control air springs, amplify the plush dynamic quality by minimizing body motions and ironing out much of the road’s texture

- our car wearing 20-inch AMG wheels, Pirelli rubber and cross-drilled brake rotors, delivering impressive grip, a planted feel, and precious little squirming or tire squeal, even as benign understeer crept in close to the limit

- Sport and Sport+ driving modes for the chassis add satisfying weight to the steering and some tactility to the ride

- E400 could use more steering feel, but what it lacks in engagement, it makes up in precision

- new W213 coupe, with its extra width, thin roof pillars, and vast expanses of glass has a definite sense of spaciousness

- dual-screen dashboard looks and functions just as well as it does in the sedan

- coupe also offers a few additional color and trim options, including dressy, light-colored wood accents in high-gloss or open-pore finishes

- black and white front seats, optional massage elements along with adjustable lumbar support and headrests, cooling fans and heating

- the 2018 E400 coupe is intended to coddle and not cajole

- coupe market may be shrinking overall, but remains very much alive at Mercedes-Benz

Starting Price E400($58,000), E400 4MATIC($60,500)
Vehicle Type 2 door coupe, front engine, rear or all wheel drive
Engine twin-turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, direct fuel injection
Transmission 9-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 329 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 354 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Displacement 183 cu in, 2996 cc
Wheelbase 113.1 in
Length 190.0 in
Width 73.2 in
Height 56.3 in
Curb weight 4050-4150 lb
Cargo volume 15 cu ft
0-60 mph 5.0-5.2 sec
0-100 mph 13.0-13.8 sec
Top speed 130 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway) 22-23/30-31 mpg
Pros roomy interior, elegance
Cons aloof steering, powertrain remains uninspiring