Mercedes-Benz on Friday unveiled the mid-life updates for two more versions of its venerable E-Class, with a preview of the 2014 Coupe and Cabriolet.
The pair will join the previously announced sedan and wagon variants as the full lineup is unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show on Monday, Jan. 14.
The coupe and four-seat convertible feature the same evolution away from the conservative look the current versions' have worn for the last three years. The 2014 models share with the new sedan and wagon a more expressive exterior design, with many of the sharp angles and creases toned down markedly. Up front, each headlamp is now a single unit and the front bumper is more aggressive, while the rear sees minor changes such as refreshed taillights.
The changes should give Mercedes-Benz a more compelling answer to competitors such as the gorgeous Audi A5 coupe and convertible without alienating a customer base that appreciates the brand's understated image.
Powertrains on these two-door E-Class models remain the same. The base E350 will retain its 302-horsepower, direct-injected V-6, while the E550 keeps the twin-turbocharged V-8 making 402 horsepower. Both engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
New standard features on the Coupe and Cabriolet are a forward-collision warning system, an automatic start/stop system for increased fuel economy, and a redesigned center console. Also updated on the convertible is the roof insulation, which Mercedes says gives it the best sound isolation in its class.
The 2014 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will go on sale in the summer of 2013. In addition to the debut of all four E-Class variants at the Detroit Auto Show, numerous other brands will have major world debuts. The list includes Bentley's Continental GT Speed Convertible, the 2014 Corvette, BMW 4-Series, Cadillac ELR, Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50, Lincoln MKC, Chevy and GMC trucks, Acura MDX concept and a small Honda SUV. Stay tuned to Highway 1 for live coverage from Detroit.
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