Mercedes-Benz will complete the updated E-Class lineup in a few days when the Cabriolet and Coupe models are wheeled-out at the Detroit Auto Show. The full updated E-Class range is slated for Australian launch later this year.
As expected, the updates for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet and Coupe cover a myriad of technical improvements as well as substantial sheet metal changes. Most obvious is the new front end which looks much more athletic thanks to revised twin LED headlights, a more sculptured bonnet, larger air intakes and a new bumper while the rear-end sees new lights and also a new bumper.
Northern Hemisphere models employ a choice of three petrol and three diesel engines. As expected, the entry-level is the new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol model (E200). Next-up is the E400 with a twin-turbocharged V6 delivering 245kW, while the range-topping E500 enjoys 300kW thanks to its twin-turbocharged 4.7-litre V8.
Entry to the diesel range is the E220 CDI.
All will drive through the seven-speed automatic transmission and feature fuel-saving auto start-stop.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has not as yet confirmed the local engine lineup.
Inside, the 2013 Cabriolet and Coupe models mirror the rest of the updated Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup with a modernized interior featuring new material choices, new instruments, an analogue clock and steering column-mounted gear lever (relocation allowing more storage space for the revised centre console. There’s also updated audio and navigation system with either a 14.7cm or 17.8cm colour screen.
Highlighting the updated technology is a camera-based forward warning system.