Top-down tech­nol­ogy

E-class’s green and safety cred comes from limo sib­ling

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - BIG WHEELS - PAUL GOVER

the stand­out for the E-Class Coupe and Cabri­o­let.

Cru­cially, the go-faster E400 al­ready sat­is­fies the stricter Euro6 emis­sions stan­dards that will drive greener mo­tor­ing around the world for the next five years. But the hy­brid package will not make it into the E-Class two-doors.

The four-seater Coupe and Cabri­o­let are pre­viewed this week hot on the heels of the sedan. Vis­ually, the changes are mostly at the front of the E Coupe and Cabrio, mir­ror­ing the chunkier look of the sedan and its big­ger one-piece head­lamps.

There are more than 1500 me­chan­i­cal and spec­i­fi­ca­tion changes to the Ger­man heart­land car. Break­through tech­nol­ogy abounds, in­clud­ing al­ways-on head­lights, a pre-safe sys­tem that can recog­nise an im­mi­nent rear-end smash, ac­tive lane keep­ing that pre­vents an un­safe move, and an au­to­matic park­ing sys­tem that works for par­al­lel as well as end-on spa­ces.

Best of all is an au­to­mated brak­ing sys­tem that recog­nises pedes­tri­ans and cross­ing traf­fic for the first time. This tech­nol­ogy is al­ready trick­ling down from devel­op­ment of the new Benz S-Class flag­ship coming later in 2013.

The up­dated Coupe and Cabri­o­let will land in Aus­tralia in the third quar­ter of this year, most likely Septem­ber, with the usual lag af­ter the sedan and wagon.

Prices are likely to be very close to to­day’s — which means from $95,000 for an E250 Coupe and $107,850 for a sim­i­lar Cabri­o­let — although noth­ing is of­fi­cial.

‘‘ It will be sim­i­lar pric­ing to to­day,’’ Mercedes-Benz Aus­tralia spokesman Jerry Sta­moulis says.

‘‘ But, again, we’re aim­ing to add more equip­ment and boost the value.’’

He re­fuses to con­firm the ar­rival of the E400, even though it’s an open se­cret and an ob­vi­ous op­por­tu­nity to win new buy­ers.

‘‘ It’s too early for us to be talk­ing about in­di­vid­ual models in the new E-Class fam­ily,’’ says Sta­moulis.

But of­fi­cial de­tails of the en­gine have ar­rived from Europe.

Its out­puts are 245kW/ 480Nm, good for a 0-100km/h sprint in 5.7 sec­onds but with econ­omy of 7.5L/100km and CO emis­sions of 175g/km.

Mercedes claims it sets a new stan­dard for six-cylin­der en­gines, some­thing that is sure to be con­tested by the ri­vals at BMW. This re­porter is on Twit­ter:

@paulward­gover

Here’s look­ing af­ter you: Au­to­mated brak­ing is prime among the 1500 changes to the up­dated E-Class

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