Mercedes unveils roomier E-class coupe

The coupe will debut next month in Detroit.
Mercedes-Benz’s 2018 E-class coupe, unveiled last week, features an aggressive front end, including a long sculpted hood, while the rear is similar to that of the S-class and C-class coupes.

Four frameless side windows and the absence of a B-pillar give the car a flowing profile.

The coupe follows the redesigned E-class sedan, which went on sale in late June, and E400 4Matic wagon, which is expected in early 2017. Like the sedan, the coupe moved to Mercedes’ new Modular Rear-wheel- drive Architecture.

The new E-class coupe is 190 inches long, 4.8 inches longer than its predecessor; 56.3 inches tall, up 1.3 inches; and 73.2 inches wide, up 2.9 inches.

Mercedes said the larger footprint gives passengers extra legroom, front and rear shoulder room and headroom.

Under the hood, Mercedes kept the 3.0-liter V-6 biturbo engine in the E400 and E400 4Matic. The engine produces 329 hp and 354 pounds-feet of torque and is matched with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes says technology features are significantly more advanced than in its predecessor. Like the E-class sedan the coupe has active brake assist, which is standard. The program can autonomously apply the brakes and detect pedestrians crossing in the zone ahead of the vehicle.

The 2018 E-class coupe will debut in January at the Detroit auto show. U.S. sales are to begin in summer of 2017. Pricing will be announced closer to launch, Mercedes said.

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