2013 Mercedes E-Class Coupe unveiled
Externally, the most significant change is at the front of the car, where the previous model's 'quad' headlamps have been replaced by new-look headlights with single lenses. Mercedes has introduced a similar look for the 2013 E-Class saloon and estate models.
The face-lifted E-Class Coupe also gets a new, sportier front grille and a redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes. A new rear bumper incorporates extra chrome trim.
The 2013 E-Class Coupe retains distinctive curved creases above its rear wheels; these have been replaced by smoother straight lines on saloon and estate models.
Inside, there are subtle changes, with new designs for the instrument cluster, air vent surrounds and centre console.
The engine line-up is an updated, slimmed-down version of the outgoing car's. The V6 and V8 petrol engines have been dropped, so there's a choice of four-cylinder E200 and E250 petrol engines, both of which get new direct-injection systems for improved fuel economy and performance.
The diesel options are four-cylinder E220 and E250 CDI engines, and the six-cylinder E350 CDI. Depending on model, there's a choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
A range of new safety features are standard or available as options, including systems that use radar, cameras and ultrasonic technology to read the road and conditions ahead. A forward-facing radar sensor, as part of a Collision Prevention Assist system, comes as standard and applies the brakes in the event of an impending crash.
An enhanced Attention Assist system is also standard, which warns the driver when they are showing signs of fatigue. Optional safety kit includes Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, which can keep the car centred in its lane in traffic, while Pre-Safe Brake can detect pedestrians and brake to avoid a collision at up to 30mph.
Pre-Safe Plus senses when a car is approaching too fast and first warns them by flashing the hazard warning lights, and then braces by applying the brakes and tensing the seatbelts to lessen whiplash.
UK prices and specifications will be announced later this month. We'd expect small increases over the current model, so a starting price of around £33,000 is likely. The 2013 Mercedes E-Class Coupe will be available to order later this month, with first deliveries in May.
By Leo Wilkinson
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