2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Shows Its B-Pillarless Profile for the First Time
We’re still waiting for the official launch of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class that should happen before the end of the year - shortly followed by the model’s first outing at the 2016 North American International Auto Show - but the truth is we already know what to expect from Stuttgart’s new mid-sized sedan.
The car has already been caught on camera wearing virtually no camouflage, and besides that, how hard can it be to imagine a cross between the S-Class and the C-Class? The same can be said about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé and its relationship with the coupés from its neighboring classes. More or less.
The first thing worth mentioning is that the new E-Class Coupé won’t be a glorified C-Class Coupé, like the current generation that uses the same chassis as the outgoing two-door compact Mercedes-Benz.
The 2018 version will be based on the MRA rear-wheel-drive modular architecture, just like the other bodystyles of the E-Class. That means a lot more interior room and a trunk that can actually fit other things besides a laptop suitcase.
That trunk will be considerably less useful on the cabriolet version, but more on that when the spy pictures of the roofless E-Class come in. Now, it’s all about the coupé, and another great exterior feature is the absence of the B-pillars, something that will give it a certain CL-like elegance.
The E-Class Coupé will follow in the sedan’s footsteps and do without the V6 engines in favor of the new modular inline sixes, as well as four-cylinder turbos for both gasoline and diesel. These units will be used up to the 400 hp mark, from where more serious powerplants take over.
Yup, the future E-Class Coupé has all the chances to receive an AMG version this time, powered by the wonderful 4.0-liter V8 engine developing around 600 hp here.
On the green side, the E-Class Coupé will have several hybrid options for both four- and six-cylinder engines, helping boost maximum power to match the output from BMW’s tri-turbo inline sixes.
On the inside, the E-Class Coupé will carry over the same dashboard layout from the sedan and wagon, and that should be a good thing. It will also feature all the gadgetry announced for the new E-Class, including that “autonomous highway cruising” ability Mercedes-Benz was quick to announce at the beginning of this year.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé won’t be launched anytime sooner than the beginning of 2017, probably at the Geneva Motor Show, so there’s still some time to go. Expect more impromptu photo sessions to follow, but not that much new info to emerge.