- This Mercedes looks more evil than it really is
- At dealerships in April
- Spoiler lip only at over 40 km / h
- Anticipation of the S-Class
This Mercedes looks more evil than it really is
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The renovation campaign in the E-Class is not reserved for sedans and station wagons, but also affects the coupe…
The prices are likely to be around 43,000 euros or 48,000 euros for the open version.
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… and the convertible. The prices are likely to be around 43,000 euros or 48,000 euros for the open version.
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The rear is comparatively spacious.
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In contrast to sedans and station wagons, the design of the coupe and convertible is not completely turned inside out. So it stays with the chubby pontoon fenders. And also the rear ver…only changes slightly.
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In the interior, however, the dashboard and instrument cluster have again been thoroughly modernized. Here the convertible version…
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… and the cockpit in the coupe. The analog clock in the center console is borrowed from the S-Class.
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Big nostrils, angry look in the electric convertible as well as…
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with the coupe. Mercedes has invested a lot in the facelift. The renovation of the upper middle class is said to have cost one billion euros.
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Numerous helpers are arriving, who will also be on board the new S-Class presented at the end of 2013. This includes, among other things, a stereo camera that gives the electronics the "ra."…ample vision ”and should, among other things, recognize impending accidents with crossing vehicles or pedestrians. A radar-based emergency brake assistant and a drowsiness warning system are now standard equipment. Many other security systems have been revised and improved.
Anyone who buys the E-Class Coupe for 43,000 euros has a magnificent Mercedes – and can upgrade it to a fortress for a lot of money. And with the convertible, despite the wind, you have nice hair on the back as well.
W.hat was there first: sedan or coupe, station wagon or convertible? From a historical point of view, the cars without a roof are right at the front, because the horse-drawn carriage was the model in the past. People drove openly and were marveled at, later there were also pretty models in which the chauffeur was still sitting outside in the wind, but his passengers were already comfortable in their own cabin. But at some point the car was so widespread that you no longer differentiate between master and servant when driving, the sedan stands for the democratization of driving.
Anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd today has to choose a coupe or a convertible. This is less practical, less spacious, and you no longer book a chauffeur for it – but this type of automobile is the finer, more exclusive and, of course, more expensive.
At dealerships in April
So it is hardly surprising that a manufacturer like Mercedes consistently cultivates the coupe and convertible culture and the newly redesigned E-Class continues to put more noble variants at the side. All four electric models (sedan, station wagon, convertible and coupe) will have their official world premieres at the Detroit Motor Show in just over a week, and they will go on sale in April.
The new design focus is particularly good for the coupe, with its significantly sportier attitude: the headlights, which are now once again combined in one housing, but which are optically separated from one another by sharply defined LED daytime running lights, together with the massive star in the radiator grille, give the car the shot it needs Aggressiveness. And the omission of the pronounced fold over the rear fenders makes it appear slimmer and more light-footed than its predecessor.
Technically, the coupe and convertible are closely related to the sedan, only the choice of engines is slightly smaller. There are indeed all six petrol engines from 184 to 408 hp, but the diesel range in Stuttgart does without three out of six possible engines. You won't be able to choose an E 200 CDI with only 136 horsepower at the dealer, after all, you don't have to use a coupe as a taxi.
Spoiler lip only at over 40 km / h
Mercedes has not yet published the prices of the new E-Class, in the current generation you get an E 220 CDI with 170 hp for 42,870 euros, the Coupe is about one percent higher, and the convertible surcharge is around ten percent. For the revised version of the open-air model, Mercedes has left the classic fabric top, but has further refined the technology to avoid airflow. The Aircap, available as an extra (currently 821 euros), a kind of spoiler lip in the frame of the windshield, now extends automatically at speeds over 40 km / h and retracts automatically below a speed of 15 km / h.
This maintains the beauty of the profile when driving very slowly or when parking in the open, and it effectively keeps the wind away from the faces of the occupants during a jaunt across the country. The deflector automatically adjusts its position as soon as the rear seat belts are fastened so that the people in the back, who are often exposed to violent turbulence in the convertible, can benefit from the effect of the aircap.
Anticipation of the S-Class
In addition to the most elaborate wind protection of all (there is also Airscarf neck heating), Mercedes offers the same assistance systems for the E-Class convertible and for the Coupe as will be available in the sedan and station wagon. The special thing about it: Here the E-Class anticipates a number of things that in previous generations would have been reserved for the new S-Class generation. However, since the Mercedes flagship is also coming onto the market this year, the technical lead of the smaller model is within manageable limits.
The most important electronic innovations are the improvements in accident prevention. All E-Class versions can (for a surcharge) detect cross traffic or pedestrians walking into the street and, if necessary, brake fully if the driver does not do this himself in time. There are also more advanced lane-keeping techniques: the car detects oncoming traffic and automatically pushes itself back a little to the right if the driver strays too far from the right-hand lane. And in a traffic jam, the E-Class can largely follow the vehicle in front by itself, including stop-and-go.
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