• Mercedes-Benz released details and pricing for its updated E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models.
• The luxury two-door models have redesigned front ends and newer LED headlights.
• The E53 AMG Coupe and Cabriolet models also receive updates.
Mercedes-Benz has just launched a comprehensive facelift for its E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet, including a newer front section of the car.
The models receive new technology, including the next generation of driving assistance systems and the MBUX infotainment system. A range of electrified, more efficient, petrol and diesel engines is available, and now cleaner and more fuel efficient than before.
South African customers will initially have two models available at launch. The E200 offers a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 145kW and 320Nm of torque. This results in a 0-100km/h time of 7.5 seconds.
The E300 has the same engine, which is tweaked to deliver 190kW and 370Nm, with a 0-100km/h time of 6.4 seconds.
Styling tweaks inside and out
The design modifications, particularly to the E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet's front sections, with flatter headlamps that feature all-LED technology.
The 'A-shape' design of the new diamond radiator grille, which is standard on all versions. South African models will feature the AMG line as standard for all Coupe and Cabriolet models.
The rear is redesigned with two-piece tail lights, featuring LED technology and the star module with the integrated reversing camera is inset into the boot lid. There's also new-look trim options – open-pore grey ash wood and aluminium with light carbon-fibre grain.
Two 26cm high-res screens as standard
Mercedes has fitted the E-Class 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. It is also equipped with the latest generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system, which comes standard with two large 26cm high-resolution screens, arranged side by side for a widescreen look. Two 31.2cm screens are optionally available.
Driving assistance systems
The new E-Class has the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems.
The steering wheel's hands-off detection feature means that 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 uses autonomous braking to prevent a collision or reduce its severity. The system can also brake for stationary vehicles and cross pedestrians at typical city speeds and even prevent collisions.
The latest version of the E53 4Matic+ Coupé and Cabriolet also benefit from the updates.
The new models stand out from their non-AMG counterparts with a characteristic grille and a host of exterior details.
Under the bonnet, the electrified 3.0-litre engine with twin-turbocharging via an exhaust gas turbocharger and an additional electric compressor generates an output of 320kW. It produces a peak torque of 520Nm.
This results in a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.4 and 4.6 seconds, respectively, with top speed governed to 250km/h (or 270 km/h, if the AMG Driver's Package is selected).
E200 Coupe - R1 036 000
E300 Coupe - R1 131 000
E200 Cabriolet - R1 164 000
E300 Cabriolet - R1 268 000
E53 Coupe - R1 618 000
E53 Cabriolet - R1 756 000