Mercedes’ new 2018 E-Class Coupe is the ultimate celebrity: smart and stylish

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the next-generation E-Class Coupe ahead of its debut during next month’s Detroit Auto Show.

Up front, the German automaker’s newest two-door adopts the corporate face already seen on the coupe variants of the C- and the S-Class. The look is characterized by a pair of bullet-shaped headlights, a wide grille with a large three-pointed star emblem, large air vents cut into the bumper, and a long, muscular-looking hood.

The roof line is sportier and more aerodynamic than before, and designers have retained the frame-less windows. Out back, the next E Coupe again falls in line with the C- and S-Class Coupe models with a pair of horizontal tail lamps as well as a discreet spoiler integrated into the trunk lid. The new look is a little predictable, but it makes the next E Coupe more stylish than ever before.

The E-Class Coupe’s interior is largely carried from the E-Class sedan, though that’s not a bad thing. It comes standard with a 12.3-inch, high-resolution screen that displays the functions grouped in the infotainment system. A second screen that replaces the instrument cluster is optionally available; the two displays are under a single glass panel that elegantly takes up about half of the dashboard. Fully configurable, the two units can be controlled via either voice commands, a controller knob on the center console, or smartphone-like surfaces built into the steering wheel.

The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It offers wireless pairing and wireless charging, features that eliminate the need for in-car chargers and cords. Plus, like the sedan, the coupe is loaded to the gills with state-of-the art tech features such as active brake assist and the semi-autonomous Distance Pilot Distronic that works at speeds of up to 130 mph.

Engineers have made the new E Coupe a longer, wider, and a little bit taller than the outgoing model. The new dimensions create a larger, more comfortable cabin with space for up to four adults on individual seats.

At launch, the U.S.-spec version of the E-Class Coupe will only be available with a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 329 horsepower from 5,250 to 6,000 rpm and 354 pound-feet of torque from 3,500 to 5,250 rpm. A nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard, while Mercedes’ permanent 4Matic all-wheel drive system is offered at an extra cost. Named E400, the coupe hits 60 mph from a stop in 5.2 seconds in its fastest configuration.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe will join the existing sedan model in the brand’s U.S. showrooms a few months after debuting in the nation’s motor city. Pricing information will be published in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.

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