The cabin, as expected, looks pretty much like that of the sedan. However, we now have more details on the particulars of the cabin and safety tech.
The basis for configuring the look and feel of the Coupe is provided by the Elegance and AvantGarde interior concepts, which not only offer different upholsteries and items of trim, but are complete configuration packages designed to create harmonious color schemes and materials.
Adaptive Main Beam Assist is based on the bi-xenon headlamps, which Mercedes-Benz offers in combination with LED daytime driving lights.
The headlamps work in conjunction with a camera fitted on the inside of the windscreen that detects oncoming vehicles and vehicles in front. The system automatically adjusts the headlamps to prevent other drivers from being dazzled by gradually transitioning to high-beam mode if the road ahead is clear.
Accenting the Coupe's flowing lines is the lack of B-pillars and fully retractable side windows, a configuration similar to the CL550 we tested earlier.
Depending on your personal taste, you'll find this setup either odd looking or dead sexy. We're leaning towards the latter. We think the Coupe profile really improves on the chunky looks of the sedan.
The E-Class Coupe (and presumably the sedan) will be available with a wide range of standard safety features including active cruise control, Brake Assist Plus (which assists the driver in emergency braking)and Pre-Safe Brake (which goes a step further and brakes for an inattentive driver).
Attention Assist continuously evaluates more than 70 different parameters in order to identify driver drowsiness and provide a warning before the dangerous microsleep phase begins.
In the top-of-the-range model, the E500 Coupe, the muscular V8 engine with 388 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque offers the performance characteristics of a sports car.
The E250 CGI BlueEfficiency Coupe features a newly developed four-cylinder direct-injection unit that outputs 204 horsepower while averaging 33.6 mpg. A five-speed automatic transmission is coupled with this engine as standard. Stepping up to the V-6 E 350 CGI BlueEfficiency Coupe nets you 292 horsepower and just 27.7 calculated miles per gallon. Both engines feature spray-guided gasoline direct-injection.
The E500 is even more potent when equipped with the AMG Sports package with AMG full body kit, 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels, wide-base tires in size 235/40 R18 at the front and 255/35 R18 at the rear, and the cleverly named Agility Control sports suspension with its stiffer spring, shock absorber, and stabilizer setup. Large, perforated brake discs at the front, plus brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering haul the beast to a stop.
According to Mercedes, an optional Thermotronic system allows the selection of different climatization modes: the occupants can choose "Diffuse," "Medium," or "Focus" modes at the touch of a button in order to adapt the air volume and distribution to their personal preferences while still benefiting from the convenience and comfort of automatically regulated climate control.
We have no idea what that means, but it sure sounds cool.