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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and 2013: Local Launch

E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet

Launch

Daylesford, Victoria

we liked

Sense of solidity

engines

Interior quality

Not so

Four-cylinder petrol engine a little guts

Rear room limited for adults

ride a little terse

A star is reborn

If you hadn’t Mercedes-Benz is changing. The emphasis is on and value competitiveness versus its German rivals, not just on the prestige of the three-pointed star to the day.

The mid-life facelift of the C207 coupe and A207 is a very good example of philosophy.

There are new, entry level models and equipment across the range, the most expensive and slowest versions have gone. It all sense given the model Mercedes-Benz faces as its range expands.

But through all these there are some recognisable traits these Es hold to real solidity, high quality and an impressive level of sophistication.

PRICE AND EQUIPMENT

value equation

There are versions of the coupe on offer and versions of the soft-top cabriolet.

The new four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in different states of features in both the E 200 and E 250 hard and tops.

The new 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo V6 is also employed by both styles, replacing the old naturally-aspirated E 350 and E

The 2.1-litre turbo-diesel E 250 is retained in the but dropped from the cabrio. The twin turbo petrol E 500 V8 is from both models.

The new E dramatically lower the pricing to $79,900 for the coupe (from for the old E 250 coupe) and $88,900 for the cabrio $107,850 for the old E 250 cabrio).

The new E 250 price is while the cabrio clocks in at The new E 250 CDI coupe is $98,900, down $101,500.

The E 400s, which argues replace the E 350 on price and the E 500 for performance, are priced at $128,545 and respectively. The E 350s were and $142,200, while the E 500s $178,585 and $188,635.

Standard equipment highlights seven-speed automatic transmission, wheels for the 200s and 19s for the rest, LED headlamps, Active Park including Parktronic, real trim, dual climate part-powered front seats and a system including sat-nav and Bluetooth and 10GB music

The E 250s adds full LED full front seat and wheel power adjustment and The cabrios alone add Airscarf heating, heated front and the Aircap wind turbulence system.

The E 400s include a Kardon Logic 7 surround system, DAB+ digital nano ceramic metallic and a panoramic glass sunroof for the

An emergency or collapsible spare is depending on the model.

There are a whole bevy of new driver systems, but we will detail in the safety section further

Externally, the new coupe and cabrio the look of the E-Class sedan of the A-pillar, including the ‘Torch’ LED But from there back the is unchanged, including the 1950s curves over the rear arches.

Inside, the transmission has shifted from the centre to the steering column so manual are only now achieved via flappy and there is now an analogue clock in the centre stack. There are trim and material changes.

taking into account equipment and minor price Benz claims the E400 scores a $20,000 (approx) improvement compared to the old E 350. The cabrio lifts by around the E250 CDI coupe and E400 by $15,000 and the E250 coupe than $10,000.

Benz is a significant lift in sales for the and cabrio beyond their point of 1918 recorded in The tally will be split 60-40 in favour of the coupe, the E250s expected to account for half of all sales.

MECHANICAL

an E based on a C

This is a midlife so that means the fundamental package upon which Es roll is carry-over. And that the curious fact that cars are more closely to the C-Class than the E-Class

That’s most obviously by the 2760mm wheelbase which is with the C-Class (although the bodies are longer) but it also to suspension modules of the front-engine drive architecture.

The E200 of the new 1991cc engine (which a 1.8 turbo) produces 135kW, averages 6.0L/100km on 95 RON fuel and 141g CO2/km. The E250 produces 155kW and 350Nm yet the same fuel consumption and rate.

The diesel’s numbers are a substantial 500Nm, 4.7L/100km and CO2/km.

The V6 produces 245kW, averages 7.5L/100km and 174g Just for good measure it from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds secs cabrio).

Fuel-saving is standard across the range, further economy improvements are via the swap from hydraulic to power steering.

‘Direct which combines speed-sensitive assistance with a steering that varies with the angle is standard across the

All versions employ a fundamentally sports-tuned multi-link suspension adaptive dampers. Disc are internally ventilated at the front, at the rear. The 200s roll on rubber and the rest of the range

PACKAGING

It’s a compromise

coupe and cabrios are four-seaters and fair to say that the rear is most suited to storing luggage. Shorter types survive okay, but anyone for 180cm (sitting behind 180cm front-seat passenger) struggle for knee room.

will also find limited. In the coupe especially the panoramic sunroof is fitted, more so in the cabrio (when the is in-place, obviously). The fully raising and lowering takes 20 by the way, and can be completed at up to 40km/h.

not too much in the way of storage space in the of the Es. Both get cupholders between the and the coupe a small storage There is a fantastic view out to the lack of B-pillars in either Cabrio rear seating is upright.

Boot capacity of the is a quite generous 450 litres, the capability to expand that of a split-fold. The cabrio is a minimum 300 and maximum 390 litres.

Up-front the Es are far more impressive. The of materials and assembly was excellent in all cars we sampled.

The design a nice balance between modernity and BMW bland, with the needle in the large centre an elegant highlight. The sweep of leather across the dashboard is The presentation is a bit upright around the stack, but the controls work

The steering wheel is the right the seats are very supportive and bolstered. They both through a wide range to a comfortable driving position. is adequate without being special.

SAFETY

Lots of new here

The comprehensive level of new assistance systems is one of the upgraded E and cabrio’s highlights.

Much of it is down from W212 the sedan update and will be part of the safety package out with the new W222 S-Class when it gets here this year.

A stereo and radar sensors are crucial to of the upgrade, the information they evaluated by a common control that divines just is oncoming, crossing, ahead, rolling or on legs.

The new equipment

DISTRONIC PLUS with Assist can keep the vehicle in its and follow vehicles in traffic semi-autonomously.

BAS PLUS with Assist can boost the brake applied by the driver and is also to recognise cross-traffic and pedestrians.

Brake can detect pedestrians and autonomous braking to avoid a at speeds up to 50km/h.

PRE-SAFE can recognise an imminent collision the rear. The driver of the vehicle is warned by activation of the rear warning lights at an increased If the risk of collision persists, the vehicle will be firmly in order to both reduce the jolt and consequently the strain on the occupants, and to prevent secondary

Active Lane Keeping can now detect when the adjacent is not clear. When there is the of a collision, the system can prevent the from leaving its lane by applying the brakes on one side, when there is a broken

All the above items are part of the Assistance Package Plus is a $4600 option for the E 200s and for the rest of the range.

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Adaptive Assist Plus allows the headlamps to be kept on permanently dazzling traffic by masking out vehicles in the beams’ cone of This is standard with LED headlamps, but not available for the E200s.

The DAS technologies are standard kit for all models:

occupant protection measures are just before impact

Parking Assist enables parking with active and brake control in both and end-on spaces, as well as out of parallel spaces again if the was parked there automatically

A 360-degree camera covers all sides of the vehicle, thus a uniform all-round view, virtual bird’s eye view – a view of the vehicle and its immediate

Also standard for all models are 11 stability and traction control, brakes. brake assist, pressure warning and three-point

The cabrio gets A-pillar and self-raising rear roll-over if things go green-blue.

There are no crash test results for the coupe and cabrio. Considering its origins it’s relevant to a left-hand drive diesel coupe scored five in 2011.

COMPETITORS

The usual

There are no Audi and BMW direct for the E-Class coupe and cabrio. By we mean there is no Audi A6 or BMW 5 two-door or drop-top. However, the E is actually based on the C then the A5, 3 and new 4 suffice.

Obvious coupe comes from the A5 2.0 TFSI ($80,900), 3.0 TDI quattro ($95,900) and 3.0 quattro ($100,300). The new BMW 4 Series includes the $73,200 420d, 428i and $108,500 435i.

As for the Audi competition includes the 2.0 TFSI quattro and $100,300 3.0 quattro. BMW offers the ageing 325i and $121,700 335i M

ON THE ROAD

More is more

If you a car by its pricing then you’ll the E-Class coupe and cabrio to be a simple proposition; the more you pay the car you get.

Sometimes it doesn’t work out way. I’d rather a four-cylinder A5 than a six-cylinder for instance. lighter, sharper and somehow nicer. But the E 400 isn’t like Sure it’s heavier the E 250s we also sampled at week’s launch, but, effortless response has its pluses.

No, the V6 sound like a V8 (more’s the but it sure goes like cracking along at a giddy, pace when you want it. And importantly, when the time to trickle and merely tickle the it’s the one to have, effortlessly and slurring between the gears no discernible holes or hesitations even in the most economy-minded ‘E’ mode.

The same cannot be of the new BlueDirect four-cylinder. In ‘E’ mode a pause after tipping in the at idle and response feels at low speeds. Switch to ‘S’ mode and less think time but too much aggression in terms of the change and selection.

If you are interested in an E 250 or cabrio, we’d recommend a test drive on suburban and a dawdle through a shopping to see if its low speed behaviour is acceptable to The same applies to the E 200, wasn’t available to sample on the (or the diesel coupe).

Raise the and speed a little and the drivetrain almost seamless, backed up by a smoothness that is a pleasure the rev range.

Both engines are The four gets a little somewhere off in the distance as engine rises, while the V6 develops an disdainful thrum.


There is noise intrusion from the although neither version has a cabin, an especially noteworthy for the cabrio and its ‘acoustic’ roof.

the cabrio’s top and with the aid of Aircap, and a cranked up heater we managed to relatively unruffled and almost on a day when the external temperature was just 8 degree Cs.

Press on in the E 400 version and there is sign of the creaks, groans and shake traditionally associated topless cars. And despite almost 100km heavier the E 250 coupe (a hefty 1845kg), the E 400 we sampled actually rode a touch more forgiveness. because there is a little flex in the chassis?

The coupe was a degree severer in its control, also noted when as a passenger in an E 400 coupe.

There was a solidity to both versions couldn’t quite be called or athletic, but was certainly reliable and There was some heavy-handed control inputs, but only on and bumpy hairpins.

The steering was It displayed all the usual traits of assist; obligingly light at low for parking efforts and firmer and as speeds rose without much in the way of feel.

Where it weird is when Distronic is engaged and it starts steering away from what are to be threats.

The system proved a bit gently curving away some white lines and straight ahead over Maybe there’s more to be done here?

Not so much required on the rest of the package These cars are improved their predecessors, ensuring continue to be worthy of the Mercedes-Benz

Living up to traditional values of the is good, making the cars value deserves a thumbs up

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Published. 9 August 2013

Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series
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Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz E 250 AT Special Series
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