E-class’s green and safety cred comes from limo sibling
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:
Here’s looking after you: Automated braking is prime among the 1500 changes to the updated E-Class