The entire range of refreshed Mercedes-Benz E Class models is set to debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, but Mercedes-Benz has opted to release images of its latest E Class Coupe and Cabriolet in advance. Like the already-shown E Class Sedan, the two-door models get subtle but tasteful exterior styling tweaks, since E Class buyers (like BMW 3 Series buyers) don’t appreciate radical change.
If change isn’t for you, you’ll like what Mercedes has done with the 2014 E Class Coupe and Cabriolet. The front end is the most significant revision, as it stays true to the artful design of the 2014 E Class Sedan. Oddly enough, Mercedes has opted to keep the pontoon rear fenders, a design trait we like even less on two door models than we did on the sedan.
Inside changes mostly fall into the minor category as well. There’s a new design for the steering wheel, redesigned air vents, chrome-finished switchgear and a Direct Select shift lever that replaces last year’s console-mounted gear selector. Cabriolet models get an acoustically-insulated soft top, making them the quietest convertibles in the segment.
Coupe and convertible models are available with a 3.5-liter V-6, rated at 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, or with a 4.6-liter, twin-turbo V-8 rated at 402 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The Coupe is also available with Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive, but only when paired with the 3.5-liter V-6.
New standard features for 2014 include Collision Prevention Assist, which includes both a radar-based warning system and an adaptive braking system; Eco Start/Stop; Attention Assist 2.0 and the Direct Select shifter. New options include Distronic Plus cruise control (now with steering assist), Pre-Safe braking with pedestrian detection, a blind spot detection system and Active Parking Assist.
Look for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe and Cabriolet to hit dealers next summer.