Their compelling elegance, exclusivity and charisma have made them highlights of the Mercedes-Benz model line-up for over 70 years: the coupés with the three-pointed star on the bonnet have always exerted a special fascination. They epitomise all that a refined, sporty car should be, their technology, aesthetics and appointments forming a stylish and harmonious whole. They are cars for people who believe in making their dreams come true.

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Mercedes coupés have always been offered in a number of different vehicle
categories – and in different forms. There have been city coupés, touring coupés, combination coupés, sports coupés … For all their differences, these two-door models had one important factor in common: the Stuttgart-based firm has always made a point of creating coupés which are much more than just saloon models with a shorter rear section. In fact, Mercedes coupés have always been clearly identifiable as distinct models in their own right – as automotive personalities with their own charisma and their own character. It is this recipe for success that has made all Mercedes coupés, past and present, automotive classics which are sought-after collector’s items.

Sporty and elegant two-door models have occupied a permanent place in the mid-range model series – today’s E-Class – since 1967. It was in that year that Mercedes-Benz launched the coupé version of the W 114 model series which meant that customers in this traditionally high-volume segment could now choose a car with a highly distinctive character. This Coupé was followed by the “C” models of the W 123 (1977) and W 124 (1987) model series and finally the CLK (1997).

Coupé version closely related to the saloon
The new Mercedes two-door model, which reaches the market in May 2009, follows in the tracks of its successful predecessors and represents a technical and stylistic high point in the history of the E-Class coupés. Although the new model continues to emphasise its own, distinct identity, the genes of the Saloon stand out more prominently than ever and establish a closer relationship between the two models. This connection is underlined by the reappearance of the “E” in the model designation.

The status and commanding, confident presence which typify the new E-Class are also obvious characteristics of the two-door model. Although the Coupé shares the Saloon’s more pronounced, masculine look as well as its design idiom which acts as a statement of power, it complements these qualities with its own attributes to create a concept with even greater emotional appeal. Both models are unrivalled for the high standard of their technology. With trend-setting safety systems such as the ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness warning system, PRE-SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Speed Limit Assist and PRE-SAFE® automatic emergency braking, the new two-door model boasts features which put the E-Class in pole position – not just in its own segment, but among luxury-class coupés, too.

Comfort, safety and agility
The passion people feel for a Mercedes coupé is aroused above all by the design – the lines, the colours, the choice of materials and appointments. Take the fully retractable side windows, for example: to see them slide down and provide an unobstructed view of the interior as the outside world and the inside of the vehicle merge into a harmonious whole is just one example of how the compelling Mercedes coupé experience appeals to the emotions.

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The new E-Class Coupé sends the driver’s pulse even higher when it’s out on the road and its sporty, attractive looks are matched by its youthful, character – a character that is defined by sporty handling, responsive agility and impressive power delivery. These qualities are a consequence of features such as the newly developed suspension with selective damper control, the more direct steering ratio and the new, more powerful engines which are more economical than their predecessors.

Complemented by other characteristic Mercedes qualities – especially the outstandingly high E-Class standards of safety and comfort – these attributes create an ideal basis for delivering an extremely high degree of driving enjoyment.

The highest-specification standard equipment in this market segment
The successful Mercedes coupé vehicle concept is matched by the high-specification equipment line-up which Mercedes-Benz has put together for the new two-door model and which meets the same high standards of exclusivity and individuality set for all other aspects of the E-Class Coupé. No other coupé in this vehicle category offers such a comprehensive range of equipment as standard. The line-up includes:
– Adaptive driver and passenger airbags
– Adaptive flashing brake lights
– Active Bonnet with reversible actuator
– Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
– Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors
– Audio 20 CD radio with twin tuner, CD player and eight loudspeakers
– Controller
– Wide-base tyres 235/45 R 17 or 235/40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear) for the E 500 Coupé
– Brake Assist
– ADAPTIVE BRAKE system with Hold function and Hill Start Assist
– ELEGANCE or AVANTGARDE interior concept
– Easy-Entry function for the front seats
– Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) with acceleration skid control (ASR)
– DIRECT CONTROL suspension with selective damping system
– Colour display in dashboard
– Asymmetrically split/folding rear seats
– Five-speed automatic transmission (E 250 CGIBlueEFFICIENCY Coupé)
– Automatic belt feeders for driver and front passenger
– Belt tensioners and belt-force limiters for all seats
– Air conditioned glove compartment
– Remote boot lid unlocking
– ISOFIX child seat anchorage
– THERMATIC automatic climate control with combination activated charcoal filter
– THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control (E 500 Coupé)
– Kneebag for driver
– NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints
– 17-inch light-alloy wheels (18-inch for E 500 Coupé)
– ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system
– Leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel
– PRE-SAFE®anticipatory occupant protection
– Tyre pressure loss warning system
– Rear lights with LED technology
– Windscreen wipers with intermittent setting and rain sensor
– Six-speed manual transmission (E 250 CDIBlueEFFICIENCY Coupé)
– Sidebags for driver and front passenger
– 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission (E 350 CDIBlueEFFICIENCY Coupé, E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé and E 500 Coupé)
– Seats upholstered in combined fabric/ARTICO man-made leather
– Daytime driving lights
– Bluetooth hands-free system for telephone
– Cruise control
– Front seats electrically adjustable for height and backrest angle
– Green-tinted windows
– Windowbags
– Central locking with crash sensor
– Aluminium trim

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Choice of two standard-fit interior design and equipment concepts
Mercedes-Benz offers specially designed interiors in order to provide the individuality called for by today’s customers. The two standard-equipment concepts available for the new E-Class Coupé differ principally in terms of the materials and colours used for the interior of the vehicle.

ELEGANCE interior concept
– Light roof lining, pillar trim and sun visors
– Three-spoke steering wheel and shift/selector lever trimmed with nappa leather in appointments colour and chrome insert
– Aluminium trim elements, or, optionally, wood trim elements
– Interior appointments in the colour combinations black/black, reef grey/alpaca grey or mocha brown/almond beige (leather)
– Instrument cluster with black backplate

AVANTGARDE interior concept
– Black roof lining, pillar trim and sun visors
– Three-spoke steering wheel and shift/selector lever trimmed with nappa leather and chrome insert
– Aluminium trim elements, or, optionally, wood trim elements in black ash
– Interior appointments in the colour combinations black/black, black/alpaca grey (leather), black/almond beige (leather), black/natural beige (leather) or black/flamenco red (leather)
– Instrument cluster with silver backplate
– AMG sports package with exclusive front and rear design

The sporty aspect of the E-Class Coupé can be reinforced with the optional AMG sports package. This comprises additional high-specification appointments details as well as a special front and rear design treatment which gives the car a distinctive look:
– Wide-base tyres: 235/40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear)
– Front brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering
– Perforated front brake discs
– AMG three-spoke sports steering wheel
– AMG front apron
– Velour floor mats with AMGlettering
– AMG rear apron with black decor panel
– 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a 6 twin-spoke design
– Multicontour seats for driver and front passenger, adjustable to suit the individual occupant
– Speed-sensitive sports steering with more direct ratio
– AMG side sill panels
– Seats upholstered in ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting topstitching or, optionally, leather or leather/nappa upholstery
– Sports suspension AGILITY CONTROL
– Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
– High-tech systems on the options list

The E-Class Coupé sets new standards among coupés with its advanced assistance systems which represent a distinct plus in terms of safety, comfort and driving enjoyment. The selected items listed here provide an indication of the scope of the factory-fitted optional extras which can be specified:
– DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control system with Brake Assist PLUS and PRE-SAFE® Brake
– Adaptive Highbeam Assist (in combination with Intelligent Light System)
– Automatic child seat detection
– Audio 50 APS car radio with map navigation and DVD player
– Parking aid with parking space measurement
– Dynamic handling package with Sport mode (standard for E 500 Coupé)
– Five-speed automatic transmission (standard for E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé)
– Speed Limit Assist (available from autumn 2009)
– Intelligent Light System with bi-xenon headlamps and headlamp cleaning system
– KEYLESS-GO
– THERMOTRONIC luxury automatic climate control system (standard for E 500 Coupé)
– Luxury seats, heated and ventilated (in combination with leather appointments)
– Steering wheel with shift paddles (standard for E 500 Coupé)
– Multicontour seats for driver and front passenger
– COMAND APS multimedia system with map navigation, voice control, Music Register and DVD
– Multimedia interface in glove compartment
– Panoramic sliding sunroof
– Speed-sensitive steering
– PARKTRONIC
– Reversing camera
– Rear sidebags
– Power seat adjustment with memory function and four-way lumbar support
– 500-watt sound system with twelve loudspeakers
– TV tuner for digital and analogue TV reception

Source: Daimler AG