2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class CoupeEnlarge Photo
TheCarConnection.com's already shown us the details on the new 2010 E-Class, back at the 2009 Detroit auto show. Now Mercedes is letting loose on details for the upcoming two-door version, which it'll show off during the 2009 New York auto show press days in April.
The basics sound familiar to anyone who's owned or driven a CLK coupe -- that's because the E-Class Coupe will replace that CLK in the lineup. It takes some of its structure from the E-Class sedan, but the Coupe has unique, sexy bodywork, and in silhouette lines up favorably with the Mercedes CL coupe, too. Along with the new body, the E-Class Coupe shares its new suspension, new body and interior, and a choice of E350 six-cylinder and E550 eight-cylinder models with the E-Class sedan. A seven-speed automatic is standard on all.
The square jaw from the sedan is shared on the two-door's bodywork, but that's about all. The rear quarter-windows have a minuscule pillar, probably setting up the car to be engineered into a convertible. The creased line on its flanks is also found on the four-door, though. Inside the differences come down to equipment: the Coupe adds a standard panorama sunroof, leather seating, COMAND, dual-zone climate control, LED taillamps and sport seats. "Active” front seats with lumbar massage are an option, as is adaptive cruise control and high-beam assist.
While the four-door will get diesel and all-wheel-drive options, the E-Class Coupe likely will leave those behind. An AMG edition is a sure thing, though. The two-door will be joined by a convertible edition early next year. Yet to be officially confirmed: a wagon edition and a hybrid, both likely to come at the 2009 Frankfurt show in September.
BenzConnection.com will bring you more details from our first look at the 2009 New York auto show and from our first drive later this spring. Until then, check out comprehensive photos on our 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class page.