BIG AM­BI­TION

With Mercedes-benz rolling out an­other model in its im­pres­sive E-class range, again the ques­tion arises: should you bother with an S-class?

Car (South Africa) - - DRIVE - MERCEDES-BENZ E400 COUPÉ 4MATIC 9G-TRONIC PRICE: ETA:

MERCEDES-BENZ has an im­pres­sively long her­itage of E-class Coupé mod­els and it was one it was proud to show off to the vis­it­ing con­tin­gent of mo­tor­ing press at the global launch of its new­est ver­sion. Parked out­side our ho­tel on ar­rival was a full ar­ray of its mid­size-coupé lin­eage, span­ning from the W114, W123 and W124 to the more re­cent CLKS, all il­lus­trat­ing the meta­mor­pho­sis this range of Benz mod­els has un­der­gone over the past five decades. The most re­cent ad­di­tion fol­lows the lat­est W213 E-class sedan and the lo­cal Coupé range will in­clude the E220d 4Matic, E300 and this top-of-the-range E400 4Matic.

The new E-class Coupé of­fers all the tech­nol­ogy of its sedan sib­ling, plus some new bits of wiz­ardry. The Magic Vision Con­trol wind­screen wash­ing sys­tem is one such ex­am­ple, hav­ing made its de­but in the SL. In­stead of spray­ing the win­dows with wa­ter from fixed points, the liq­uid is warmed up and sprayed a cen­time­tre in front of the win­dow wipers when you ac­ti­vate the clean­ing func­tion on the col­umn stalk. This erad­i­cates any chance of over­spray.

Yes, it is a nice-to-have piece of tech, but it’s from be­hind the wheel that you begin to won­der if you re­ally need that more

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