What Is It?
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet
What's Special About It?
You can always count on Mercedes to bring a musical act to the Detroit auto show, and this year it was Bruce Hornsby. He brought his own piano and a band, and ushered in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and cabriolet with a live performance of "The Way It Is." How this light rock hit from 1986 relates to a refreshed E350 and E550 in 2013 is open to speculation.
We suspect, though, that it's a sense of inevitability that ties them together. That's the way it is, folks; it's time for a revised E-Class coupe and convertible, because well, we're halfway through the model cycle, and you know, some things will never change.
Except when they do. The front and rear end styling on this coupe and convertible are subtly different for the 2014 model year, and if you want full LED headlights for either body style, well by all means, check off that new option. The E-Class sedan and wagon are also revised for 2014, and notably, you can now decide if you want Benz's three-pointed star as a hood ornament (old-school style) or smack in the middle of the grille (like the coupe).
The engines carry over, with a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 in the E350 good for 302 horsepower and a twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 4.6-liter V8 in the E550 good for 402. Mercedes has added a stop-start feature for 2014, which will lower fuel consumption even if it doesn't significantly pump up EPA mpg ratings.
More interesting to E-Class customers, though, is the expanded array of technology on this car. The PreSafe collision avoidance system is now able to detect and help you brake for pedestrians (in addition to cars), while the Plus version of PreSafe can assist in avoiding rear-end collisions as well. The Lane Keeping Assist system will now take corrective action if it detects traffic in a lane you're moving into, whereas previously it would only intervene when it sensed you leaving your lane unintentionally. Other options include a 360-degree camera system and an automated parking system.
What Edmunds Says:
Look for the automated drive-the-car system as an option for the 2015 model year. Kidding. But soon enough, you'll be able to sit pretty in an E350 Cabriolet without doing anything much at all.
Base Price: TBA
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (E350, E350 4Matic), 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (E550)
Gearbox: Seven-speed automatic
Power: 302 hp (E350), 402 hp (E550)
New Options: Full LED headlights, pedestrian detection system, automated parking system
On-Sale Date: June 2013