• Key facts: Same engine lineup as the sedan, at launch; convertible due in 2010
• On sale: Summer 2009
• Price: $50,000 (est. base)
We’re not even online with coverage of the 2009 Geneva motor show—that’s open to the media in a matter of days—but the 2009 New York auto show is shaping up with the launch of the two-door 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.
With the new arrival, the E-Class lineup takes up the slack from the former CLK-Class in the Benz lineup, and honestly, with all the body styles (there's a wagon due, yet) and engines (diesel, V-8, V-6, and a hybrid likely) this family is starting to get a little too Pitt-Jolie for our tastes.
Nevertheless, starting in June, Benz will offer up a coupe silhouette grafted on the new E-Class mechanicals—namely, a new suspension, new body and interior, and a choice of E350 six-cylinder and E550 eight-cylinder models. A seven-speed automatic is standard on both.
While the four-door will get diesel and all-wheel-drive options, the E-Class Coupe likely will leave those behind. An AMG edition is a sure thing, though. The new coupe’s also due to be joined by a convertible edition early next year, Mercedes says.
Along with the square-jawed front end carried over from the new E-Class sedan, the E-Class Coupe also wears the same creases in its rear flanks as the four-door. The interiors of the cars are similar, too, but the Coupe benefits from more standard equipment: a panorama sunroof, leather seating, COMAND, dual-zone climate control, LED taillamps and sport seats. Mercedes’ “active” front seats with lumbar massage are an option, as is adaptive cruise control and high-beam assist.
Stay tuned for more from the New York auto show, and see a raft of photos over at our 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class page.