Set for an Australian debut in September, the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models have been set apart from their family-focused stablemates in two cosmetically significant ways.
Up front, the two-door models get a unique new stepped headlight design, and along the profile can be seen the same 'pontoon' pumped rear guards that featured with the outgoing model.
As with the lightly tweaked profile, changes at the rear are limited to new tail-light internals and a new rear bumper and exhaust-tip combo.
The updated E-Class Coupe and Cabrio will benefit from the same technology upgrades gracing the family models, with a number of them also set to feature in the all-new S-Class flagship.
Key among these is Mercedes’ new “intelligent drive” assistance systems, marking a new safety evolution beyond the previous Pre-Safe and Distronic packages.
Intelligent drive equipped models use a new Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera, with two windscreen-mounted cameras offset at 45 degrees, compared with the previous single camera unit.
(Read More about these technologies in our E-Class Sedan/Wagon article.)
Internationally, six petrol engines will feature, ranging in output from 135 to 300kW. Three diesel engines will be offered, ranging from 125 to 195kW.
The smaller turbocharged four-cylinder models also now feature BlueDirect piezo injector direct-injection, joining the V6 E 350 and V8 E 500 engines that were upgraded last year.
As with the Sedan and Estate, a new twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 E 400 model joins the range internationally, producing 245kW and 480Nm. It remains unclear whether the E 400 will make its way to Australia.
Two transmissions for the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will be offered: a six-speed manual and the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission with Direct Select lever and shift paddles.
With the E-Class Sedan and Estate due to hit Australia in mid-2013, the Coupe and Cabriolet will arrive in September.
Watch for more details on pricing and local specification - and on the expected E 63 AMG update.
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