2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe first drive overview: a grand touring worth

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When you could have an obscene amount of cash, you need to be driving
a grand tourer. I like to recommend the
Aston Martin DB11 or a
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. However what for those who’re not a sultan, an
oligarch, or a tech innovator and nonetheless need what a GT can
present? You purchase the
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe.

Priced from $59,895, together with a compulsory $995 vacation spot
cost, the redesigned E-Class Coupe takes all of the essential
parts that make grand tourers so fascinating—a spacious,
opulent cabin; high-speed stability, consolation and agility; a
gorgeous physique, and straight-line velocity—and lowers the price of
entry to one thing common individuals might on the very least
aspire to.

Rule certainly one of a grand tourer declares that it ought to be massive in
the cabin, massive within the physique, and massive within the trunk. The 2018 E400
Coupe covers these bases.

Gone are the outdated mannequin’s C-Class-based underpinnings and in its
place is a variant of the present E-Class sedan’s
underpinnings. At 190 inches lengthy, 73.2 inches large, 56.three
inches excessive, and using on a 113.1-inch wheelbase, the E-Class
Coupe is four.eight inches longer—four.four of these inches are between the
axles—than final 12 months’s mannequin. And sure, it is wider and decrease,
too, for an improved heart of gravity and a extra fashionable
stance.

The rise in dimension yields a bigger cabin that may
legitimately seat 4 adults with out a shoehorn or a lot
complaining—we noticed a six-foot, four-inch colleague clamber in
again with headroom to spare. Whereas we doubt most E-Class Coupe
clients will cram abnormally tall people in again, they need to
really feel comfy utilizing this two-door Mercedes to haul kiddies
backward and forward. The trunk, in the meantime, has area for a weekend’s
price of baggage after which some.

The E-Class Coupe’s area is shocking—its inside type
is not. Apart from true exotics like Rolls-Royce and Bentley,
Mercedes has constructed one of the best cabins within the enterprise for a number of
straight years and the E-Class sedan isn’t any exception. Whereas the
Coupe carries over a principally an identical design, it does it with
sportier supplies.

A beautiful Yacht Blue and Macchiato Beige leather-based scheme provides
nautical aptitude and a definite selection to the black, tan, and
beige palette. There are additionally two new gentle wooden trims,
“Pure Grain” Ash or Elm, and neat turbine-shaped HVAC vents.
These are very tiny modifications, however they provide the E-Class Coupe
cabin extra emotion than the sometimes chilly cabin within the
sedan.

The cabin’s dimension and magnificence outline the E-Class Coupe virtually as
a lot as its open, ethereal nature. Just like the S-Class Coupe,
frameless entrance home windows, lowerable rear home windows, and a
conspicuously absent B-pillar assist create an amazingly open
cabin, a trait the usual panoramic sunroof enhances.
Whereas the climate throughout my check in Whistler, British Columbia
did not permit it, I count on the E-Class Coupe will give
wind-in-your-hair thrills which are practically as spectacular because the

upcoming E-Class Cabriolet. However the design does current
issues.

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