In Germany, at least, with deliveries due to start next March.
Good news if you live in Germany and fancy cruising round in the new Mercedes E-Class Coupe: you can pop down to your local dealer right now and snap one up for €41,220 ($42,980) - plus taxes. Deliveries are due to start in March of next of year.
That price buys an entry-level E200. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo motor serving up 184 horsepower (135 kilowatts) and 221 pound-feet (300 Newton meters) of torque. A 245 hp (180 kW), 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) version of the same engine powers the E300, while the E400 gets a blown 3.0-liter V6 making 333 hp (245 kW) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm).
For the time being, there’s a single diesel option in the 194 hp (143 kW), 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) E220d. It’s both quicker to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) and faster at the top end than the E200, yet returns 50 percent better fuel economy on the official European test.
Anyone wanting to change gear themselves will be out of luck as all models come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard. The E400 gets 4Matic four-wheel-drive as standard, while the rest are rear-wheel-drive only.
For now, the only model available in the U.S. is the E300, with or without 4Matic. A more powerful diesel is sure to be added to the European range at some point, as is some sort of AMG-fettled model. There has been speculation that it will be a full-fat, V8-engined AMG E63. However, the previous generation E Coupe was never available as such and the strong suspicion is that AMG is actually working on an E50 model, powered by a high-output V6 linked to a mild-hybrid system.
The styling of the E Coupe mates a sportified E sedan front end with a rear that looks exactly like a smaller version of that of the S-Class Coupe. Or a bigger version of that on the C-Class Coupe. The dashboard is carried over directly from the four-door E, as well, so the Coupe is available with the same, gigantic range of gadgets and driver aids.