After nearly four years, the Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet have been updated.
This comes with the introductions of a new E200, E300, and AMG E53 Coupe and Cabriolet models.
The range has received cosmetic updates to the front, the newest technology systems that Mercedes has to offer, and a selection of electrified petrol and diesel engines.
The front end of the new E-Class received the most noticeable update, in the form of flatter headlamps with all-LED technology and an “A-shape” design in the new diamond radiator grille.
At the rear, the new lights have been redesigned to form a two-piece tail light, and the star module with integrated reverse camera is inset into the boot lid.
As standard, all South African variants of the Coupe and Cabriolet will be sold with the AMG trim line.
Moving inside, the interior of the vehicles are dressed in leather and metal.
The dashboard is split into a two-section design, with the upper section appearing to hover – while trim elements at the bottom flow into detail lines on the doors.
Two new-look trim options – open-pore grey ash and aluminium with light carbon fibre grain – were then made available for extra personalisation.
Along with the new interior comes a new infotainment system, as well.
This new generation of the MBUX infotainment system sees two 10.25-inch displays fitted on the dash to provide you with a fully-digital instrument cluster and control over vehicle features.
It can also be upgraded to 12.3-inch displays, and can be controlled through the new leather multifunction steering wheel.
Driver assist features
The new E-Class has the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz’s driving assistance systems – allowing the car to intuitively respond to hazards if the driver is unable to.
The steering wheel has a hands-off detection feature, which means that if the system detects the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain time, a warning cascade is started.
This activates the emergency brake assist if the driver continues to be inactive.
It is further fitted with active brake assist, which uses autonomous braking to prevent a collision or reduce its severity.
Additionally, a new system called Urban Guard will help keep your car safe when you are not around.
In conjunction with the Mercedes Me app, it consists of an anti-theft alarm system, tow-away protection with audible warnings, an alarm siren, interior monitoring, and a preinstallation for theft and parking collision detection.
The latter will warn the driver of the vehicle, via a push notification on their smartphone, if the vehicle has been moved or damaged while it was parked.
New Mercedes-AMG E53 4MATIC+
The standout model of the range is the AMG E53.
The front view is differentiated through an AMG-specific grille with vertical louvres, an “A-shaped” design, and flatter, sharper-cut LED headlamps.
From the sides, 19-inch light-alloy wheels provide it with more style, and optional extras include larger wheels and an AMG night package.
The interior then receives the same updates as with the non-AMG models.
The two large displays blend beneath a shared glass cover to form a “Widescreen Cockpit” and a new AMG performance steering wheel reminds you of what you are sitting in.
The South African pricing for new E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet is as follows:
- E200 Coupe – R1,036,000
- E200 Cabriolet – R1,164,000
- E300 Coupe – R1,131,000
- E300 Cabriolet – R1,268,000
- E53 4MATIC+ Coupe – R1,618,000
- E53 4MATIC+ Cabriolet – R1,756,000
At launch, the South African market will only have the E200 and E300 non-hybrid models available.
An overview of the engine options for the new E-Class is listed below.