E-Class Coupé lands

Meet the sexy twodoor cousin of the Mercedes-Benz ex­ec­u­tive sedan

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - DAVE ABRA­HAMS

WE’RE not sure whether the name of the new two-door Mercedes-Benz E-Class, launched in South Africa last week, should be spelled with or with­out an ac­cent on the fi­nal ‘e’.

Mercedes calls it the E-Class Coupé, but its ar­chi­tec­ture is so typ­i­cal of lux­ury Amer­i­cana that ‘coupe’ might be more ap­pro­pri­ate. It’s based on the E-Class sedan, but with a low-slung grille, a long bon­net with power bulges, four frame­less, fully re­tractable side win­dows, four in­di­vid­ual seats and no B pil­lars.

With LED light­ing all round, it’s 38mm taller than its pre­de­ces­sor and at least 67mm big­ger in ev­ery other di­men­sion, with com­men­su­rate gains in in­te­rior space, em­pha­sised by the dash­board trim that sweeps from door to door and two op­tional 31cm in­stru­ment dis­plays un­der a sin­gle lens, to form what Mercedes calls a ‘widescreen cock­pit’, with three dif­fer­ent dis­play styles – “Clas­sic”, “Sport” and “Pro­gres­sive”.

The stan­dard ver­sion has two round di­als with a 17.8cm dis­play be­tween them and a 21.3cm cen­tre dis­play, all set in a sin­gle pi­ano black frame, and in ei­ther case the in­stru­ment clus­ter dis­plays and mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem are con­trolled by ei­ther fin­ger-swipe touch con­trols on the steer­ing wheel, a cen­tre con­sole touch­pad that can read hand­writ­ing, or voice con­trol.

The stan­dard Avant­garde trim fea­tures blue and beige leather with light wood ve­neer in ei­ther Con­tin­ued on Page 3

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