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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet

New E-Class models to debut at the North American International Auto Show

Published: January 5, 2013, 7:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:28 PM

Just a few weeks ago, Mercedes-Benz released information on its updated 2014 E-Class Sedan and Wagon. They'll be joined at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next week by the corresponding new-look E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet.

The sportier two-door models share the look of and offer similar features and equipment to their four-door siblings.

Prominent in their changed appearance is a revised front-end with new headlamp assemblies, covered by a single lens on each side to create a twin-headlamp look characteristic of the E-Class.

New front bumpers with a more pronounced V-shape, bold rear-fender bulges and ne wail-lamps and rear bumper distinguish the cars' look.

Inside, a new three-cylinder instrument cluster and a trapezoid-shaped information screen are contrasted by a traditional analog clock between redesigned air outlets. A choice of aluminum-look or wood trim will be offered.

There is no shift lever on the console, with shifting duties for the updated seven-speed automatic transmission transferred to a Direct Select lever on the column and shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Power for the E350 model comes from a 3.5-litre V-6 engine rated at 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The E550 gets a 4.6-litre twin-turbo V-8 rated at 402horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.

Rear-wheel drive is standard but the E350 Coupé will also be available with Mercedes' 4-Matic all-wheel drive.

Both Coupé and Cabriolet feature standard Agility Control suspension with selective damping, which adapts to the road surface to improve the ride-handling balance. A sports suspension is also available and an Advanced Agility package goes higher-tech still with electronic damping control and more aggressive accelerator and transmission mapping.

In addition to its retractable top, the Cabriolet offers Mercedes' unique AirScarf and AirCap systems, which provide heated neck-level air to the front-seat occupants fand divert air over the cabin to reduce turbulence, respectively.

The E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet are expected to arrive in dealerships during the summer of 2013.