Details of the revised 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet variants have been revealed, which according to Mercedes-Benz can be summed up in three words, ‘captivating, athletic and passionate’. Like the facelifted E-class sedan and estate models revealed in December 2012, the Coupe and Cabriolet models combine ‘intelligent, efficient technology with luxurious equipment that offers superb comfort’, according to Mercedes-Benz.
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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet is offered with a choice of six petrol engines with power output ranging from 135kW to 300kW and three diesel engines with power outputs between 125kW to 195kW. The new BlueDIRECT four-cylinder petrol engine features fast-acting piezo injectors for multiple injection, quick multi-spark ignition, turbocharging, fully variable camshaft adjustment and a controlled oil pump.
The BlueDirect four-cylinder engine also incorporates the world’s first use of the stratified lean burn process in combination with exhaust-gas turbocharging and external high-pressure exhaust gas recirculation which helps achieve improved emission and fuel consumption figures. The BlueDIRECT petrol engine range also extends to the familiar V6 and V8 engine variants. Transmission comes in the form of a six-speed manual or the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission with DIRECT SELECT lever and DIRECT SELECT shift paddles.
Exterior Styling Features
The dominant styling feature for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet is the revised front with new headlamps which now comprise a single headlamp lens featuring anti-dazzle LED lights as standard and with full LED technology available as an option.
The new E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet also features new front bumpers with a more pronounced V-shape and larger air intakes. The rear-end features a ‘muscular-looking’ rear wing as well as new tail lamps and a wide-effect rear bumper in ‘wing design’ with chrome-like trim.
Interior Styling Features
The E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet interior has been updated to compliment the stylish exterior using premium materials on clean-cut surfaces with a two-part trim which stretches across the dashboard. Trim options include either wood or aluminium look offering a high-quality interior finish. An analogue clock set between the revised air outlets and controls in silver chrome further define the new E-Class interior. A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel is also defining feature.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet feature various new assistance systems that combine comfort with safety, which Mercedes-Benz calls ‘Intelligent Drive’. For example, a Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera which uses state-of-the art sensors provides a three-dimensional view up to 50 metres in front of the vehicle and alerts the driver of potential dangers such as oncoming or crossing vehicles as well as pedestrians, traffic signs and road markings.
Both models also feature Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, BAS PLUS, PRE-SAFE Brake, PRE-SAFE PLUS, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist PLUS, Active Parking Assist, Traffic Sign Assist and a 360-degree camera.
The new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class can be expected in South Africa in the second half of 2013. No local launch or model line-up details have been confirmed as of yet.