EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology will be included.
Both Coupe and Cabriolet receive facelifts and other visual updates.
The latest generation of MBUX is also part of the upgrades.
As Mercedes-Benz puts it, the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet “are the most emotionally appealing representatives of this family of models.” While the recently revealed E-Class sedan is attractive, its aura is far more about distinguished luxury business transportation. The Coupe and Cabriolet are certainly more about entertaining and in the drop-top’s case, letting one’s hair down.
The list of improvements is quite complete for what ultimately is a mid-cycle refresh. Perhaps the biggest piece of news is the arrival of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Boost technology first introduced in the current CLS. With its 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, the new 2021 E 450 Coupe and Cabriolet will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre 6-cylinder engine that produces 362-horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,600 to 4,000 rpm. The temporary electrical boost from the system provides up to 21-horsepower and as much as 184 lb.-ft. of torque and help propel the E-Class Coupe to 100 km/h in only 5 seconds. 4MATIC AWD will be standard for both body styles.
The cabin is where the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet leap into 2020. The driver will now be faced with twin large 12.3-inch screens as part of Benz’s MBUX multimedia technology. Just ahead of the displays is a new flat-bottom intelligent steering wheel that is quite alluring. The spokes hold a number of controls that operate the instrument cluster and media display.
For the long road ahead and new to the 2021 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet are the adaptive driver’s seat adjustments and the ENERGIZING COACH. Through the media display and via Mercedes Me, the driver enters a height and the seat automatically moves into a position generally suitable for someone of that height. From here, only a few final adjustments are required. The COACH uses an intelligent algorithm to ensure the driver feels well and relaxed when driving. Should anything go wrong, the new car is equipped with the latest in driver assistance systems including a hands-off detection feature on the steering wheel for when driving in semi-autonomous mode – no longer is it necessary to mildly jerk the wheel.
Finally, both the Coupe and Cabriolet’s styling have been sportily honed. The front ends are fitted with flatter all-LED headlights which flank the “A-shape” design of the new diamond radiator grille. Along with these changes are new colours and wheels.
The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet arrive late in 2020 or early 2021 as 2021 model year cars. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.