Plea­sure to the senses

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - World Of Luxury -

THE lat­est Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe pro­vides long-dis­tance com­fort for four peo­ple, and of­fers full smart­phone in­te­gra­tion, a Widescreen Cock­pit and the lat­est as­sis­tance sys­tems.

Com­bin­ing the beauty and clas­sic virtues of a grand tourer with state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy, the new E-Class Coupe is con­sid­er­ably longer, wider and higher than its pre­de­ces­sor, which im­proves spa­cious­ness and com­fort in the rear.

With its ex­pres­sive coupe-es­que pro­por­tions, clear and sen­sual de­sign, the sportily ex­clu­sive Coupe rep­re­sents beauty and el­e­gance.

The de­sign is char­ac­terised by a dis­tinc­tive front end with low-po­si­tioned sports grille and cen­tral star, a long bon­net with pow­er­domes, a rear­ward-shifted, squat green­house and a mus­cu­lar rear end.

The dy­namic looks are un­der­lined by four frame­less, fully re­tractable side win­dows and the ab­sence of a vis­i­ble B-pil­lar.

Mean­while, the two-part, ex­tremely flat LED tail lamps, which in com­bi­na­tion with Multibeam LED head­lamps cel­e­brate the world pre­miere of a wel­com­ing func­tion.

When the ve­hi­cle is opened, the tail light LEDs il­lu­mi­nate suc­ces­sively from the cen­tre of the ve­hi­cle out­wards.

On lock­ing the ve­hi­cle, the light se­quence runs in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Thanks to in­no­va­tive crys­tal op­tics, the tail lamps also have a bril­liant ap­pear­ance rem­i­nis­cent of the glow of a jet en­gine.

The cabin uses high-grade ma­te­ri­als and con­tem­po­rary colour land­scapes, and the avant-garde yet highly lux­u­ri­ous seats in the Coupe take their cue from the E-Class Saloon.

High­lights here are the two bril­liant, 12.3-inch dis­plays with a high res­o­lu­tion of 1920 x 720 pix­els – unique in this seg­ment - which are merged un­der a sin­gle lens to pro­duce a Widescreen Cock­pit that ap­pears to float in space.

More de­sign bril­liance comes from the air vents, where the de­sign in sil­ver shadow is in­spired by tur­bine blades.

For more con­ve­nience, the touch con­trol but­tons in the steer­ing wheel en­able the driver to con­trol the in­stru­ment clus­ter and mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem us­ing fin­ger swipes with­out hav­ing to take a hand off the steer­ing wheel.

Ad­di­tional con­trols come in the form of a touch­pad with con­troller in the cen­tre con­sole, which can also recog­nise hand­writ­ing, plus the Lin­gua­tronic voice con­trol sys­tem.

As for con­nec­tiv­ity and dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion, the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem in the E-Class Coupe pro­vides wireless charg­ing of com­pat­i­ble mo­bile phones, which can also be con­nected to the ve­hi­cle’s ex­te­rior aerial.

This dis­penses with the need to find a plug and con­nect a ca­ble.

There is an added ad­van­tage: us­ing Near Field Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the smart­phone be­comes the dig­i­tal ve­hi­cle key with which the car can be locked and un­locked as well as started.

If the car has COMAND On­line, it can use Ap­ple’s smart­phone-based in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem CarPlay as well as Google’s An­droid Auto.

As is par for the course for an E-Class Coupe, it gets pow­er­ful en­gines equipped with the ECO start/stop func­tion and the 9GTRONIC nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, which al­lows fast gearshifts along with lower en­gine speeds.

This makes for lively per­for­mance and driv­ing en­joy­ment.

In­cluded in the com­pre­hen­sive range of stan­dard safety fea­tures is Ac­tive Brake As­sist, which is able to warn the driver of an im­mi­nent col­li­sion, pro­vide op­ti­mum sup­port with emer­gency brak­ing and, if nec­es­sary, also au­tonomously ap­ply the brakes.

In ad­di­tion to slower-mov­ing, stop­ping or sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cles, it can also de­tect pedes­tri­ans cross­ing in the dan­ger zone ahead of the ve­hi­cle.

The E-Class Coupe has a cosy and lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior that com­ple­ments its sleek and sporty pro­file.

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