The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is here

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The two-door variant of Singapore’s most popular luxury car debuts tonight, priced from $282,888.

SINGAPORE — Stylish, yet intelligent – that’s what Mercedes would like you to think whenever you see its latest model the E-Class Coupe. It’s being launched in Singapore tonight in two flavours: E 200 Coupe ($282,888 with Certificate Of Entitlement) and E 300 Coupe ($334,888).

Both versions use the same turbocharged 2.0-litre engine but in different states of tune; respective power and peak torque outputs are 184hp/300Nm and 245hp/370Nm, and the E 300 Coupe gets from standstill to 100km/h in 6.4 seconds, a significant 1.4 seconds faster than the E 200 Coupe.

As the E-Class Coupe’s name implies, understanding what this car is is simple – it’s the evergreen E-Class shorn of two doors and dressed in sexier sheetmetal.

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And just as the sedan has a family look common to the other Mercedes four-doors, it should come as no surprise that the E-Class Coupe bears a similarly strong resemblance to the two-door S-Class and C-Class coupe models.

The 2017 version brings the model back to its roots, in that it is once again a true E-Class. Its immediate predecessor from 2010-2016 may have been branded as such, but it was actually built on the bones of the smaller C-Class; same goes for the model it replaced, the CLK (1997-2009).

This switch back to proper E-Class underpinnings explains the jump in size compared to the previous car: At 4,826mm long, 1,860mm wide and 1,430mm tall, the new car has grown 123mm, 74mm and 33mm, which means much improved space for rear passengers. 

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In contrast to the sleek exterior, the E-Class Coupe’s interior is largely identical to the sedan’s, save for the air vents which have a jet turbine look about them. That’s no bad thing though, as it does mean that it’s still an attractive blend of craftsmanship and technology.

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Standard features on the E 200 Coupe include a Burmester Surround Sound system, LED headlights and taillights, Parking Pilot, a 360 degree camera and power closing doors.

To this, the E 300 adds an AMG bodykit, widescreen cockpit (two 12.3-inch displays), 19-inch rims, Apple CarPlay and a panoramic sunroof.

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These features can also be added to the E 200 Coupe as options, but once you tally it all up you might as well spring for the E 300, if you ask us.

The E-Class Coupe’s position in the local market is a slightly peculiar one, as it doesn’t quite fit into the existing segment moulds. The closest competitor in terms of size is the BMW 640i, although that car lives in a more expensive neighbourhood and has a bigger (3.0-litre) engine.

Meanwhile all the other four-seater coupes here available with 4-cylinder engines are smaller in size, and therefore are far closer in price to the C-Class Coupe instead.

The unique positioning does mean that buyers who want the extra size and presence of an E-Class, but don’t need scintillating performance, now have an option that won’t break the bank.

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Want to know what the new E-Class Coupe is like on the road? Read our review of the E 300 at its global launch in Spain.

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