Detroit Preview: Mercedes-Benz E Coupe and Cabriolet

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onJanuary 10th, 2013

Mercedes-Benz will be unveiling the face lifted E class cars at the Detroit North American International Auto Show. We’ve already shown you the facelifted E63 AMG in Sedan and Wagon form but the non-AMG line-up is not going to be left behind. Following their standard 4/3 year cycle, the E Class, introduced in model year 2010 will receive a significant facelift for the 2014 models. Compared to other models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, this facelift is much more significant, both exterior, and beneath it’s skin.

Shown here are the E Coupe and E Cabriolet, which compared to the 2013 models, reveal a significant departure from the famous dual headlamp front end look. Utilizing a single headlight cluster, the designers cut out a dual headlamp look using LED Daytime Running lights, which also provides a menacing look in the dark. The front bumper intakes have all grown in size, creating a more aggressive and sporty look to the car. The old man’s car look is finally gone.

On the inside, the redesigned interior is pretty much lifted from the current CLS 4 door coupe, and updated with a new COMAND infotainment system. Under the hood, the drivetrain from the 2013 models remain. Several new safety systems are available, such as BAS PLUS with Junction Assist, as well as a 360 degree camera system. The usual DISTRONIC PLUS, PRE-SAFE PLUS, Lane Keep Assist, Active Parking Assist, are also available.

The Cabriolet gets an acoustic soft top with its high-grade insulation, giving the car the lowest noise level with the top up. Even at high speeds, only very little wind noise is heard in the interior. An optional AIRCAP system reduces wind swirl within the vehicle interior and therefore noise levels. It works by deploying automatically at speeds exceeding 40 km/h, and automatically retracting below 15 km/h. AIRSCARF neck-level heating is now an option, allowing you to drive top down even when it’s cold out. I’ve used AIRSCARF before in the SLK, and you wouldn’t know it’s -10C outside.

No word if the AMG version will finally make its way to the E Coupe or Cabriolet. Let’s keep our fingers crossed until Detroit, as an E63 in either model would be amazing, especially if it’s fitted with the AWD system from the Sedan and Wagon.

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