Mercedes-Benz updates the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet



Mercedes-Benz has given the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet a mid-life update, offering the same new tech features as the facelifted sedan


SINGAPORE

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the updated E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, which follows on from the facelifted E-Class saloon that was unveiled back in March.

Like the sedan, most of the changes to the facelifted E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet lie under the skin. Key updates include new technological features and a revised set of engines that feature electrification.

Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm when the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will go on sale in Singapore, but the sedan is expected to arrive here by the fourth quarter of 2020, so it stands to reason that the coupe and cabriolet models should follow shortly after, with a possible target date of end 2020 or early 2021.



Broadly speaking, the updates mimic those that were announced on the sedan model earlier. This means a slightly revised front end look with a reshaped grille and a new LED headlight design, as well as an upgrade to the new generation MBUX multimedia system, complete with the dual 12.3-inch widescreen and voice activation.

New on the Coupe and Cabriolet is a function called Energising Coach, which is something like an enhanced version of the Attention Assist fatigue detection system. If paired with a Garmin wearable tracking device, the system is able to monitor personal stress and tiredness levels, and adjust the cabin settings (like the air con or music) to suit for a safer and more comfortable driving environment.


Some of the more expensive Mercedes models already have the related Energising Comfort onboard wellness package – we test it out on the GLE SUV in the video above at the 7:24 mark.

Another feature taken from the sedan is Urban Guard, which allows ‘all-round monitoring of the parked vehicle’, and can alert you if it detects that your car has been bumped, moved or being broken into without your permission, as well as incorporating a location tracker.

Cabriolet specific features include the optional Aircap electric wind deflector, and the Airscarf neck heater, a feature which is unlikely to see much use in sunny Singapore.

In terms of powertrains, the biggest change is the inclusion of 48-volt mild hybrid capability for most of the engines, including the top-range E 450 model for the first time. The electric motor adds 20hp and 180Nm of boost, and includes an integrated starter-alternator (ISG) for better efficiency on startup.

Likely variants for Singapore will probably be the E 200 (with 197hp and 320Nm of torque), E 300 (258hp and 370Nm of torque), possibly the top-line E 450 (367hp and 500Nm of torque), and the high-performance AMG E 53 model (below) that features a 3.0-litre turbo inline six with 435hp and 550Nm of torque.

That model is also a mild hybrid, with an electric motor that adds 22hp and 250Nm of torque, and features an electric turbo to minimise lag.

The E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet occupies a unique spot in the market in that there is no equivalent presence from its rival BMW, ever since the Bavarian carmaker moved upmarket when it replaced the 6 Series with the 8 Series (although the 6 Series name does live on in the form of the Gran Turismo, which has also just been updated).

As such, buyers looking for a German luxury four-seater coupe/cabriolet for under $300,000 or so will have to gravitate towards the three-pointed star.


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