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by George Skentzos

Mercedes-Benz has released the first official images of the stunning new E-Class Coupé which is set to make its public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.

Replacing the current CLK-Class Coupé, the new two-door from Mercedes promises fascination and efficiency through a particularly sporty interpretation of the E-Class’s dynamic design.

Its sleek form is both stunning and functional, setting new standards for aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of just 0.24, making it the world’s most aerodynamically efficient series-production car – surpassing econoboxes and supercars alike.

Its side profile is seamless, incorporating fully retractable side windows which are not interrupted by a B-pillar for uncompromised elegance and function.

E 500

Another hallmark of Mercedes Coupé design is the sports radiator grille with the large central star while maintaining a close family resemblance to the E-Class Saloon by the ‘twin-headlamp face’.

The reengineered model line-up incorporates two new four-cylinder engines which promise improved fuel consumption of up to 17 per cent whilst offering a significant increase in performance and torque.

The first is a turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine which features in the E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé, developing 150kW and 310Nm from 2000rpm whilst returning fuel economy of 7.2-litres per 100km.

The other four-cylinder offering is a twin-turbocharged direct diesel injection unit from the E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé which delivers an identical 150kW but increased torque of 500Nm from 1800rpm with fuel economy of just 5.3-litres per 100kms.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé details

While these engines are certainly remarkable in their efficiency, the low fuel consumption rate has been achieved not only been because of the new engines, but also due to a number of practical measures.

These include on-demand activation of the steering and fuel pumps, low rolling resistance tyres and an alternator control system which takes account of the current driving situation and the vehicle’s electrical power requirements, plus the very important contribution made by the aforementioned aerodynamics.

Mercedes has replaced the previous V6 petrol engine in the range with the world’s first six-cylinder unit featuring spray-guided direct petrol injection in the new E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé.

This engine develops 215kW – an extra 15kw – and 365Nm whilst consuming about 14 per cent less fuel than the previous V6 engine with a combined figure of just 8.5-litres per 100km.

E 350 CDI

The current turbocharged V6 diesel engine with common-rail direct injection remains in the line-up, featuring in the E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé where it develops 170 kW and 540Nmw with a fuel consumption figure of just 6.8-litres per 100km.

The flagship of the Mercedes range is the E 500 Coupé which uses a V8 engine producing 285kW and 530Nm.

A raft of advanced safety systems have been incorporated into the E-Class Coupé range based on accident research findings.

An Attention Assist system features as standard which continuously evaluates the driver and their driving style using 70 different parametres in order to identify driver drowsiness and provide a warning before the dangerous microsleep phase begins.

Also fitted as standard is the PRE-SAFE anticipatory occupant protection system which activates protective measures for the driver and front passenger as a precaution before an accident occurs so that the seat belts and airbags can provide their full protective effect on impact.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé details

Among the list of new safety features, another critical addition is the new DISTRONIC PLUS system which automatically maintains the Coupé at a set distance from the vehicle in front and can brake it to a standstill if required.

Inside, the new E-Class Coupé features a multifunction steering wheel, Audio 20 CD radio with eight loudspeakers and a Bluetooth interface and three-zone climate control air-conditioning among a host of other luxury feature you would expect from a Mercedes.

A popular choice for many new Mercedes buyers, the E-Class Coupé also benefits from an optional AMG Sports package which includes an AMG front apron with large air intakes, AMG side skirts, AMG rear apron with a black insert and twin six-spoke 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels.

E 350 CDI

The sports suspension is improved with a stiffer spring rating, shock absorber and stabiliser setup, combined with large, perforated brake discs at the front, plus brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering.

With production limited for the first few months, an exclusive Prime Edition series will be available in low volume which incorporates a range of high-grade features such as the palladium silver metallic paint finish, a panoramic glass sliding roof and 18-inch AMG high-sheen light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey.

Full specifications and pricing for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé will be announced closer to its Australian August release date.




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