Just a few weeks after debuting the refreshed E-Class sedan, Mercedes-Benz has now released the first images of the 2014 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe and Cabriolet are available with the familiar direct-injected 3.5L V6 engine making 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft of torque. Also available is an E350 4MATIC Coupe with all-wheel drive. Topping the line is the E550 Coupe and Cabriolet, both equipped with the snorting 4.6L bi-turbo V8 engine with 402 horsepower and a whopping 443 lb.-ft of torque.
All models come standard with a seven-speed transmission with paddle shifters, and electromechanical steering that tightens as speed increases. Direct Select suspension uses selective damping to combine performance and comfort, while optional Agility Control sports suspension turns up the heat.
New for 2014 is that all engines will be equipped with Eco start/stop technology to improve fuel efficiency, plus Collision Prevention Assist that can detect an oncoming accident and slow the car to reduce impact.
Compared to the sedan, the new Coupe and Cabriolet may both lose a set of doors, but they gain much improved looks right off the bat. The restyled face that looked awkward and almost ungainly on the sedan looks aggressive and performance-oriented on the Coupe and Cabriolet.
The 2014 E550 Coupe, in particular, sports enlarged front intakes that are so aggressive it’s hard to imagine how the future E-Class Coupe AMG will up the ante.
Meanwhile, the longer trunk that hides the retractable soft-top in the 2014 E-Class Cabriolet accentuates the car’s musculature, especially the rear wheel haunches, for an elegant and voluptuous profile.
Both the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Coupe and Cabriolet will be available in the U.S. this summer, and should make their official debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in a few weeks.