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The 2018 Mercedes E400 Coupe Is a Modern Take On an Old Formula
April 13, 2017 – 01:15 pm
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decadent two-door S-Class, the E-Coupe features very minimal sculpting on its body panels and fairly subdued fender flares. The result is a simple, elegant-looking car that recalls the austere Mercedes coupes of old." data-reactid="55">You'll notice one of the best things about the E-Coupe before you even open the door. Even among Mercedes' very attractive current lineup, the exterior styling on the E-Coupe stands out, by, well, not really standing out. Unlike the smaller C-Coupe and the decadent two-door S-Class, the E-Coupe features very minimal sculpting on its body panels and fairly subdued fender flares. The result is a simple, elegant-looking car that recalls the austere Mercedes coupes of old.

You can tell Mercedes chief designer Gordon Wagener and his team spent a lot of time studying the iconic designs of Paul Bracq and Bruno Sacco in working on this car. Wagner and co. have achieved an excellent result. The new E-Coupe isn't a flashy, but it looks better the more you spend time with it, and will certainly age well.

Photo credit: Mercedes-Benzthe E-Class sedan and wagon, with the exception of a slightly lower driving position and turbine-shaped air vents. If you look hard enough, there are some cheap materials here, but for the most part, it's top-notch quality." data-reactid="57">Inside, the interior is nearly identical to the E-Class sedan and wagon, with the exception of a slightly lower driving position and turbine-shaped air vents. If you look hard enough, there are some cheap materials here, but for the most part, it's top-notch quality.

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The interior design is stunning, especially if you opt for one of the wood trim finishes. It's also supremely luxurious, with beautifully comfortable seats and an excellent Burmester audio system. Mercedes likes to make a big deal of the fact that the E-Coupe is a true four-seater, and I can confirm that all five-foot seven-inches of me fit back there fine. But really, who buys a coupe for the rear seats?

Photo credit: Mercedes-BenzOn the move, you get almost exactly what you'd expect from a Mercedes two-door this size–a comfortable high-speed cruiser. The E400 Coupe excels on wide, open highways, where it maintains speed effortlessly. It's very apparent this car is developed by people who commute on Germany's high-speed Autobahns.

Power comes from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque in the E400. This is a detuned version of the motor found in the 396-hp AMG E43, and goes about its business in a perfectly competent–if perhaps bland–way. The sound won't inspire you, but it's got plenty of power to get to (and beyond) highway speed in a jiff. It's paired to Mercedes's now-familiar 9G-Tronic nine-speed auto, which works seamlessly. This gearbox even downshifts under braking in Sport and Sport+ modes, so there's no real need to use the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

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we hear Mercedes plans on doing an AMG-lite version with a hotted up straight-six.Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz While the performance of the V6 won't leave you wanting, it might be worth waiting for the straight-six for that old-school Mercedes charm." data-reactid="103">This six-cylinder suits the E-Class much better than the four-cylinder we get in the E300 sedan, but it's not perfect either. In Sport+ mode, the throttle mapping is puzzling sharp, to the point that it's difficult to apply power smoothly–leave it in Comfort or Sport mode for a more natural feel. It's also easy to want a more special engine here. A V8 is off the table, unfortunately, but we hear Mercedes plans on doing an AMG-lite version with a hotted up straight-six. While the performance of the V6 won't leave you wanting, it might be worth waiting for the straight-six for that old-school Mercedes charm.

Mercedes will offer the E-Coupe with three different suspension systems–Direct Control, which utilizes fixed dampers, Dynamic Body Control, with adaptive dampers, and Air Body Control, which brings three-chamber air springs. We didn't have a chance to spend any time with the non-adaptive dampers, but the Dynamic Body Control seems to be the way to go here.

Where the self-leveling Air Body Control works a treat if you have the car loaded with people and cargo, the adaptive dampers offer a more cohesive driving experience in normal conditions. Even in their softest setting, the adaptive dampers are slightly firmer than the air suspension, but they bring more sure-footed handling and stability. Of course, the smooth Spanish roads where we tested the E-Coupe may have been more suited to the firmer adaptive dampers. We'll have to see how they cope in New York or Detroit.

The E-Coupe's steering doesn't offer a lot in terms of texture or nuance, but it's admirably accurate and the weighting feels natural. This car stays very composed when pushed on tight country roads, even though it's clearly better suited cruising around town or eating up highway miles.

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