The STYLISH new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe has arrived in Ireland and is already causing quite a stir amongst motoring buffs in dealer showrooms around the capital.
This follows the line of its predecessors, exuding that timeless combination of beauty, elegance and performance within an overall modern design.
This new Coupe joins the E-Class line-up alongside the saloon and estate versions and ahead of the soon-to-be-launched cabriolet.
Mercedes-Benz claims that it combines the virtues of a grand tourer with the latest developments in the fields of passenger safety, comfort and performance.
Outside, this coupe is larger than its predecessor in terms of overall length, width and height.
Passengers enjoy an extra sense of spaciousness and comfort, especially in terms of rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room and rear headroom.
Two wide doors give easy access to the front and rear of the car while its
frameless side windows and the absence of a B-pillar give it an added air of luxury and style.
From the front, its sporty styling can be seen in its long bonnet with discreet power domes, low set diamond patterned grille with centrally-mounted star and broad air intake vents.
This sporty note is carried through to the interior where contemporary colour schemes combine to give an added measure of sophistication.
Two light wood trim packages in open-pore and high-gloss finishes are exclusive to the Coupe. Interior lighting makes use of LED technology.
Initially, the car will be available with one diesel and three petrol engines all of which come with start/stop function and are Euro 6 emissions compliant.
Other engines will follow. Models likely to attract most attention here will be the E200 petrol and E220d diesel versions. Powered by a 1991cc, 4-cylinder, 184bhp engine, the E200 comes on the market at €52,310.
The E220d, powered by a newly developed, 1950cc, 194bhp, 4-cylinder diesel engine, launches at €52,995.
Equipped with items first introduced in the E-Class saloon, this latest version makes greater use of technology than the model it replaces.
Features carried forward include a remote parking pilot system that allows the vehicle to be moved into and out of garages and parking spaces remotely.
Full smart phone integration, active brake assist and other driver assistance systems, latest developments in driver infotainment and the option of partially automated driving are amongst it many features.
A new LED tail light arrangement employs innovative crystal optics to give off a brilliant appearance that Mercedes-Benz says is reminiscent of a jet engine glow.