Updated 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet Restyled, Safer
The vehicles continue to be offered in E350, E350 4Matic, and E550 model series. The E350 versions are equipped with a direct-injection, 3.5-liter V-6 engine generating 302 horsepower. A twin-turbocharged, 4.6-liter V-8 engine is installed in the E550 models, generating 402 horsepower. All engines are equipped with ECO start/stop technology designed to improve fuel economy, and 4Matic all-wheel drive is offered for the E350 Coupe models.
For 2014, the standard 7-speed automatic transmission is operated using a Direct Select shift lever and paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel. A new short-term manual mode automatically puts the transmission back into regular automatic mode after a manual shift change is followed by a short period of normal driving. Additional mechanical highlights include a selective damping suspension with optional sport tuning, electro-mechanical Direct Steer steering, and an optional Advanced Agility package with comfort and sport vehicle programming.
Exterior updates to the 2014 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet include a redesigned front end with single-lamp headlights and standard LED running lights. The new V-shaped front bumper is equipped with bigger air intakes, while the rear bumper is wider and equipped with chrome trim residing beneath new taillights. Full LED headlights are optional.
Unlike the 2014 E-Class Sedan and Wagon, which receive redesigned flanks, the 2014 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet retain their pontoon-style rear fenders to, according to Mercedes-Benz, "lend visual emphasis to the rear-wheel drive of the sporty cars."
Cabriolet models continue to offer unique AirScarf and AirCap features designed to extend the top-down driving season, the latter now automatically deploying at speeds above 25 mph. When the 2014 E-Class Cabriolet drops below 10 mph, the windshield wind deflector automatically retracts to "present the E-Class Cabriolet in its purest and most beautiful form during slow driving and at a stop," according to the automaker.
Inside, the 2014 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet have a cleaner appearance, combined with upgraded materials. An analog dashboard clock and chrome switches are new, and the redesigned center console lacks a traditional gear selector. The transmission is operated by using a Direct Select shift lever and shift paddles mounted to a new
3-spoke multi-function steering wheel. New color combinations are available for the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, including a blue and beige treatment.
New Intelligent Drive technologies include a multi-purpose stereo camera mounted near the rearview mirror. The camera captures a 3-D view of what's in front of the vehicle at a range of 165 feet and can monitor conditions up to 1,640 feet. When the optional Driver Assistance package is added, this data combines with information from front radar sensors, and algorithms perform what Mercedes terms "spatial classification of moving objects" to detect unsafe conditions.
Standard safety equipment for the 2014 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet includes Collision Prevention Assist with adaptive braking, and an Attention Assist system, now offering adjustable sensitivity levels and a greater range of operation. Safety-related options include Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Brake Assist System Plus with Intersection Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Detection--which autonomously brakes to avoid an impact at speeds up to 30 mph--and Pre-Safe Plus, which identifies when a rear impact is about to occur and readies the cabin for impact. Additionally, the 2014 E-Class models are available with a 360-degree camera system, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, and Active Parking Assist with active steering and brake control.
"Three words suffice to very briefly characterize the Coupe and the four-seater Cabriolet: stunning, athletic, passionate," said Dr. Joachim Schmidt, executive vice president Sales and Marketing Mercedes- Benz Cars. "Especially gratifying is that both cars also offer the most intelligent engineering that currently can be had. This makes both of them genuine dream cars."
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