The all new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé has just arrived at the Mercedes-Benz Newcastle showroom.
On the surface the new E-Class Coupé carries the front styling of its sedan counterpart, whereas its body looks more sculpted and muscular compared to the sleek and shapely sedan. At the rear the E-Class Coupé adopts horizontally arranged taillights, characteristic of Mercedes-Benz's new coupes and coupe-SUV models.
Whilst the frameless side glass with no visible B-pillars make for a perfect transformation, from the driver's seat it's all very familiar to anyone who's sat in the sedan.
Although minor switchgear is minimal, the dashboard fascia is dominated by the so-called Widescreen Display that uses two 12.3-inch screens that project instruments and other information in front of the driver, and other functions such as navigation, audio and ventilation across the top of the centre console.
Mercedes-Benz semi-autonomous radar and camera-driven Driver Assist package is standard, which basically means if the driver double-taps the cruise control the car will change lanes on the freeway if asked, obey the speed limits, avoid running into other cars and even steer by itself for a time. It's an interesting novelty but mainly for those who see driving as a chore rather than a thought process.
A centre console-mounted switch gives a number of different driving modes that stiffen the air suspension, alter gearshift points, lessen stability control intervention and add weight to the steering, but their calibration is relative to the Coupe's intended purpose and are far from race-ready.
The E-Class Coupe is available with three petrol engines and one diesel option from launch, all of which are paired to Mercedes-Benz's new 9G-Tronic nine-speed torque converter automatic.
Visit Mercedes-Benz Newcastle at 1 Pacific Highway, Bennetts Green for your exclusive test drive, or view more details online at www.mbnewcastle.com.au