Following closely on the heels of the refreshed E-class sedan, come the 2014 refreshed E-class Coupe and Cabriolet. This preview comes just ahead of the official reveal at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. (Stay tuned for TFLcar extended coverage from the floor of NAIAS 2013.) The updated Coupe and Cabriolet have a more aggressive lower front fascia, than that of the update sedan. It looks powerful enough to be mistaken for an AMG version. The rear looks more restrained, but the dual exhausts and the lower valance detail looks very nice.
The powertrain options on the 2014 cars are basically a carry-over from the existing models. That’s not a bad thing because the 302 HP 3.5 liter direct injection V6 and the amazing 402 HP bi-turbo 4.6 liter V8 are refined, powerful, and are not too shabby on the MPGs. The 2013 V6 model is rated at 20/28 MPG and the 2013 V8 is rated at 17/27 MPG by the EPA. The 2014 economy should be inline with the 2013 models. The 2014 E350 Coupe will also be available with Mercedes’ 4Matic all wheel drive system.
Optional 2014 features include:
- optional full LED headlights
- 360-degree birds-eye view camera feature
- Active Parking Assist with active steering and brake assist for parallel and perpendicular space parking
- Active Lane Keeping Assist
- PRE-SAFE PLUS with rear-end collision detection
- PRE-SAFE Brake Assist with pedestrian detection
- Brake Assist PLUS with crossing traffic and pedestrian detection
- DISTRONIC PLUS with Active steering assist
Is that enough “PLUS” and “Active Assist” for you? I would say so. In summary, these 2014 models models have enough active computer assistance features to nearly have the car drive itself. Of course, it still cannot drive itself, but it’s awfully close.
New 2014 standard features include:
- ECO Start/Stop that shuts the engine off while stopped.
- ATTENTION ASSIST 2.0 with great range of ability to determine drive fatigue and attentiveness.
Look for these 2014 models to be available for sale in the Summer of 2013.
While you wait for the video of the NAIAS 2013 reveals, please enjoy TFLcar coverage of the 2012 LA Auto Show
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, software engineer, writer, and reporter. He has been writing and reporting at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or scouring the internet and other media for various automotive, mechanical, and computer related information.