Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet are the most emotionally appealing representatives of the luxury-class family of models. The styling has been sportily honed, with the front sections given a fresh look. The two-door models take on the key upgrade features of the E-Class family as part of the facelift. These include the next generation of driving assistance systems and the MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). The E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet have now also been thoroughly enhanced both on the exterior and interior. The E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet will make their debut in the Middle East in Autumn 2020.
The allure of the E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet has been further reinforced by the model upgrade. The E-Class Cabriolet with the classic fabric top offers spaciousness and comfort on long journeys for up to four people. The Cabriolet is fitted with the standard AIRCAP electric draught-stop system and AIRSCARF neck-level heating. The acoustic soft top is a standard feature that helps to optimise the level of noise experienced in the interior, its multi-layered structure reduces wind and driving noise. The occupants are therefore able to enjoy relaxed conversations in the vehicle, even at higher speeds. With its expressive coupé-esque proportions, clear and sensual design and comfort for four people, the new E-Class Coupé combines the beauty and classic virtues of a grand tourer with state-of-the-art technology.
Refined styling: diamond radiator grille with “A-shape” design
The design modifications undertaken, particularly to the front sections of the E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet, bring added refinement. The more dynamic impression comes courtesy of flatter headlamps, with standard MULTIBEAM LED headlamps. The inner workings of the headlamps are quite exceptional. Among the hallmark Mercedes-Benz design features are the torch-flame effect and two lit pins. The “A-shape” design of the new diamond radiator grille, standard on all versions, adds a particularly dynamic touch. The grille also features chrome-plated dots, a single louvre and the Mercedes star in the centre. A new highlight of the muscular rear section is the completely redesigned inner workings of the two-piece tail lights, featuring LED technology. The star module with integrated reversing camera is inset into the boot lid.
The four paint colours newly available for the E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet as part of the facelift go by the names high-tech silver, graphite grey metallic, mojave silver and patagonia red (designo). The wheel line-up has also been expanded and now includes aero wheels, as they are called, the special design features of which help contribute to saving fuel and thus to sustainability.
As was already the case, the interiors of the Coupé and Cabriolet combine contemporary style with sporty luxury. The upper section of the dashboard appears to hover; it rests on generously proportioned trim elements that flow through into the doors. The exceptionally high-quality materials selected, together with the quality of craftsmanship employed, emphasise the car’s sporty, stylish character and exude outstandingly high-class appeal. New-look trim options – open-pore grey ash wood and aluminium with light carbon-fibre grain – serve to enhance the interior.
The integral-look sports seats feature prominent side bolsters and integrated head restraints. The seat contour follows the pronounced side bolsters and, depending on the specification, the centre section has sporty transverse or modern longitudinal seams. The colours of the centre sections of the seat backrest and cushion are coordinated with the overall sculpture of the seats. Numerous material combinations ranging from ARTICO man-made leather, embossed leather, nappa leather with diamond quilting and even sun-reflecting leather (for the Cabriolet) are all possible.
Next-generation driving assistance systems: better assistance in tailbacks and when parking
The new E-Class has the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems providing cooperative support to drivers. The hands-off detection feature of the steering wheel now works on a capacitive basis, thereby enhancing user-friendliness when driving in semi-automated mode. To inform the assistance systems that the driver still has control of the E-Class, it is sufficient for the driver to hold the steering wheel. Steering torque – that is to say a slight steering movement – was previously required as feedback in order for this to happen. The new steering wheel features a pad with the appropriate sensors in the rim. These register whether the driver is holding the wheel. If the system detects that the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain time, a warning cascade is started, which finally activates Emergency Brake Assist if the driver continues to be inactive.
As standard, the E-Class comes with Active Brake Assist, which in many situations is able to use autonomous braking to prevent a collision or mitigate its severity. The system is also able to brake for stationary vehicles and crossing pedestrians at typical city speeds and even to prevent collisions, depending on the situation. As part of the Driving Assistance Package, this is now also possible when turning off across the oncoming lane. A range of further Intelligent Drive functions can optionally be added to the Driving Assistance Package.
Even more comfort in the interior: a new generation of steering wheels, plus MBUX
The E-Class is fitted with an entirely new, intelligent steering wheel as part of the facelift. This is available as a leather steering wheel and in a super sports variant. The control surfaces sport a high-gloss black finish, while the trim elements and surrounds have a silver shadow finish. The functions of the instrument cluster and media display are operated using touch controls, the physical principle of which has been changed from optical to capacitive.
The new E-Class is equipped with the latest generation of the MBUX multimedia system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). As standard, it includes two large 12.3inch/31.2 cm screens arranged side by side for a sublime widescreen look. An emotive presentation with brilliant graphics underlines the comprehensibility of the intuitive control structure.
ENERGIZING comfort control networks various comfort systems in the vehicle, and uses musical and lighting moods plus a number of massage modes to meet a wide range of individual requirements with respect to the occupants’ wellbeing. New to the E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet is the ENERGIZING COACH. This function is based on an intelligent algorithm and recommends one or other of the programmes depending on the situation and the individual concerned. The aim is to ensure the driver feels well and relaxed even during long journeys.
The new Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet
Mercedes-AMG continues to strengthen its brand identity with the new E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet. The design of the front view is completely new and reinforces the AMG family affiliation. The key feature is the AMG-specific radiator grille with twelve vertical louvres. The design of the front becomes broader towards the bottom, and the flatter, sharper-cut all-LED headlamps create an especially powerful impression. The powerdomes on the bonnet also contribute to this effect. In the centre section, the front apron is drawn high into an A shape creating a further large air inlet grille with five vertical struts and provides a view of technical details such as the cooler. All the measures together create an extremely dynamic forward-oriented overall impression. The similarity to the AMG GT sports car family is evident.
The key identifier on the tail end are the round twin tailpipe trim elements, which are available in silver chrome or high-gloss black (as part of the optional AMG Night Package), harmoniously integrated into the rear apron. The design of the sides of the mud flaps improves the aerodynamics at the rear: as a result, this provides for better air flow around the wheel arches. The spoiler lip on the boot lid is painted in the colour of the vehicle but is optionally available in carbon fibre.
Viewed from the side, the new 19-inch light-alloy wheels in the aerodynamically optimised 5-twin-spoke design catch the eye. As an option 20-inch light-alloy wheels in a 5-twin-spoke design are available, also aerodynamically optimised and with a wider rim edge, painted in a choice of matt black or high-gloss titanium grey. Graphite grey metallic and matt brilliant blue magno are available for selection as new paint colours, the latter having been previously reserved for the AMG GT family.
With the optional AMG Night Package, the E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet can take on an even sportier appearance. The outside mirror housings, window frames plus trim elements in the front and rear apron are styled in high-gloss black. There are also tailpipe trim elements in black chrome. The Carbon Package II adds individual highlights with mirror caps and a spoiler lip on the boot lid in carbon fibre.
Interior with autonomous appointments and specific displays
The interior welcomes the occupants with distinct appointments, luxurious materials and the current-generation MBUX infotainment system. The seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre in black with an AMG-specific design, red contrasting topstitching and AMG badge are characteristic for the 53-series models and combine sportiness with strong lateral support and comfort. Further interior features include red seat belts, trim elements in carbon fibre and upholsteries in nappa leather are optionally available. Nappa leather in black/titanium grey pearl with red contrasting topstitching is new.
Visually the two displays for the instrument cluster and multimedia displays blend beneath a shared glass cover to form the Widescreen Cockpit. The customer can choose between the three AMG display styles “Modern Classic”, “Sport” and “Supersport” for the instrument cluster. The “Supersport” mode is particularly striking with a central, round rev counter and additional information presented in perspective in the form of bars to the left and right of the rev counter and creating a spatial impression of depth. Via the AMG menu, the driver can call up various special displays such as Engine Data, gear speed indicator, Warm-up, Set-up, G-Meter and RACETIMER.
New AMG Performance steering wheel with seamlessly integrated buttons
With a fresh design and seamlessly integrated buttons the new AMG Performance steering wheel creates an even closer link between driver and machine. The three rounded twin spokes combine stability with lightness, and the steering wheel rim is a hallmark motorsport feature. The cover is selectable in leather, in DINAMICA microfibre or as a combination of leather and microfibre.
The new switches integrated into the surfaces of the horizontal twin spokes have a very elegant look. Haptic sensing aids in the area of the symbols make control easier. The instrument cluster is operated via the left-hand sensor surface on the upper steering wheel spokes, the media display via the right-hand sensor surface. The lower spokes contain the controls for the cruise control/DISTRONIC (left) and telephone/hands-free system/volume control (right). The optional AMG steering wheel buttons for actuating the drive programs and further, individually definable functions include even more brilliant displays with new icons and are now both round.
Six-cylinder in-line engine with EQ Boost starter-alternator and electric additional compressor
The electrified 3.0-litre engine with twin turbocharging via an exhaust gas turbocharger and an electric additional compressor generates an output of 320 kW (435 hp) and produces a peak torque of 520 Nm. Its EQ Boost starter-alternator briefly provides an additional 16 kW of output plus 250 Nm of torque and also feeds the 48 V on-board electrical system. This innovation enhances the hallmark AMG performance and driving dynamics, while at the same time reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Supported by the EQ Boost starter-alternator when moving off, the electric auxiliary compressor builds up a high charge pressure without any delay, for a faster increase in torque for acceleration until the large exhaust gas turbocharger is deployed. As a result, the 3.0-litre engine reacts immediately, and provides a highly dynamic response without turbo lag.
The electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h can be increased to 270 km/h with the AMG Driver‘s Package.
Short shift times, high efficiency: AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission
The 3.0-litre in-line engine is coupled with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission, which impresses with extremely short shift times, fast response to shift paddle commands, a double-declutching function and multiple downshifts. Upshifts or downshifts are implemented instantly. Especially in the “Sport+” drive program and in manual mode, the transmission is very responsive. Dynamic acceleration and very short shift times are also available, as is a fuel-efficient driving style, depending on the selected mode.
Characteristics at the touch of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT
With the five DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual”. The modes modify key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the “M” button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension set-ups can also be selected specifically as needed.
AMG DYNAMICS vehicle dynamics control is integrated into the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs. In the “Basic”, “Advanced” and “Pro” levels, it influences the control strategies of the ESP® (Electronic Stability Program) or the all-wheel drive, for example. The intelligent pilot control anticipates the desired vehicle behaviour based on the driver’s actions and the sensor data. The range spans extremely stable to highly dynamic, for a comfort-biased or particularly sporty driving experience. The AMG DYNAMICS functions can also be directly selected via the AMG steering wheel buttons.
Autonomous AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension for more dynamism
More agility, neutral cornering performance and greater traction come courtesy of the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension developed in Affalterbach. The multi-chamber air suspension with particularly sporty spring/damper set-up and continuously adjustable damping ADS+ (Adaptive Damping System) combines outstanding driving dynamics with high ride comfort. A harder spring rate, for example, when cornering and braking, effectively reduces body roll.
The damping at each wheel is adjusted to suit the current driving situation and the condition of the road. The damping characteristics can also be preselected in three modes, “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport+”, allowing a significantly more noticeable differentiation between excellent long-distance comfort and sporty driving dynamics.
AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive as standard
The fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive combines optimal traction for dynamic driving fun with a high level of driving safety in all conditions: in the dry, in the wet or on a slippery surface. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, because the intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.
The E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet technical data at a glance:
|E 200 Coupé||E 300 Coupé||E 200 Cabriolet||E 300 Cabriolet|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||s||7.6||6.4||7.9||6.6|
The E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet technical data at a glance:
|Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé||Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+
|Engine||3.0-litre 6-cylinder in-line engine with exhaust gas turbocharger and electric additional compressor||3.0-litre 6-cylinder in-line engine with exhaust gas turbocharger and electric additional compressor|
|Displacement||2999 cc||2999 cc|
|Output||320 kW (435 hp) at 6100 rpm||320 kW (435 hp) at 6100 rpm|
|Add. output with EQ Boost||16 kW (22 hp)||16 kW (22 hp)|
|Peak torque||520 Nm at 1800 – 5800 rpm||520 Nm at 1800 – 5800 rpm|
|Add. torque with EQ Boost||250 Nm||250 Nm|
|Drive||AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution||AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G||AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.4 s||4.6 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h*||250 km/h*|
* Electronically governed, with AMG Driver’s Package 270 km/h
Highlights in a nutshell
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet have been significantly upgraded, with a fresh new look for the front sections, featuring new headlamps and radiator grille design. The inner workings of the tail lights have also been redesigned. On the inside, the models have been enhanced with the MBUX infotainment system in a stunning widescreen arrangement which can be operated through a new intelligent steering wheel with capacitive touch controls.
The new Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet strengthen the Mercedes-AMG brand identity, featuring an AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical louvres, round twin tailpipe elements and boot lid spoiler lip. The E 53 4MATIC+ models are powered by an electrified 3.0-litre engine with twin turbocharging, with EQ Boost proving a dynamic response without turbo lag, coupled with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission. AMG DYNAMIC SELECT modifies the characteristics of the drivetrain to suit the driver, with AMG RIDE CONTROL+ offering exceptional ride comfort and outstanding driving dynamics.
The success story of the two-door E-Class models
The tradition of sedan models in the segment now occupied by the E-Class is a long one, extending back to the very origins of the brand. Further coupé models in this vehicle segment followed – for a while also under the name CLK. Each generation combined elegant design with agile sportiness and contemporary luxury at a high level.
The Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) of September 1991 marked the premiere of an elegant cabriolet model: this four-seater vehicle with fabric top formed part of the 124 model series, renamed the E-Class in 1993. The success of the A 124, of which 33,592 examples had been produced by 1997, was followed seamlessly by the CLK Cabriolets of the model series A 208 (1998 to 2003) and A 209 (2003 to 2010) as well as by the E-Class Cabriolets of the model series A 207 (2010 to 2017) and A 238 (since 2017).