The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is new this year, replacing the old CLK-Class two-door in the automaker’s global family of cars. It’s longer and wider than the car it replaces, and more expensive, too—leaving it a bit more exclusive and slightly less sporting than the vehicle that’s been its natural competitor, the BMW 3-Series. TheCarConnection.com’s editors drove both the E350 Coupe and E550 Coupe on a press preview in Las Vegas, and this road test highlights the impressions from a day’s worth of high-speed touring through the Nevada desert.
At first glance, the 2010 E-Class Coupe is fairly striking. It shucks all the soft, feminine, conservative shapes of the old CLK for crisp details and a big, bold star on the grille. Is it beautiful? That’s not immediately clear at first glance, but for sure, the new E-Class Coupe is engaging to see, especially on the road. There are details that seem perfectly in place, like that big medallion up front and those emphatic twin “lamellas” (the louvers in the grille). Other cues, like the rear fender folds, echo 1950s Benz coupes to a mixed effect. Inside, though, there’s no arguing with the high-quality finishes and appeal of the E-Class Coupe’s cabin. It’s swathed in walnut and leather, along with a handsome set of gauges as clear as any you’ll see in a luxury coupe.