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Old 05-19-2009, 10:40 AM
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Lightbulb 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe a C-Class underneath?

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The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is all-new for 2010, with sleeker, sportier proportions and improved efficiency and performance. The E-Class also weighs 400 pounds less than its sedan stable-mate, but not because of light weight materials. It's because the E-Class coupe is underpinned by the C-Class platform, produced in the same Bremen factory as the C-class, while the E-Class sedan is built in Sindelfingen.

So why not just make a two-door C-Class and base another coupe on the new E-Class architecture? Ernst Lieb, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, said the C-Class platform was used to give the E-Class Coupe improved performance characteristics. Changing the C to an E also enables Mercedes to charge over $48,050 to start; $50 less than the outgoing CLK350, but a whole lot more than a two-door C-Class. With its smaller proportions and lighter weight, using the C-Class platform also enables Mercedes to make the new E-Class Coupe far more efficient than its predecessor. The E250 diesel will deliver 36% better power while using 17% less fuel. Hat tip to Mike.

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Old 05-19-2009, 10:19 PM
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I pretty much knew that it was C-Class based when the first high quality pictures of the interior came out.

Even if its still a good car to drive I'm still not happy about this name cover-up

I never really liked the CLKs anyways. Good fun to drive, but they always left you a bit disappointed overall. From a business standpoint it makes sense but still. Go out and buy a W124 if you want a real E-coupe.

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Old 12-19-2009, 12:15 PM
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I agree about the naming smoke and mirrors, but in my estimation the new coupe is a far cry from the CLKs. I picked up one of the first to arrive in Dallas (for the wife) and it is a very able and polished car. She is over-the-moon happy with the car, and she has been driving MB cars for the past 15 years.

The new E coupe is a big advancement from the 2007 CLK cabriolet that my father drives. Don't judge this book by the cover!


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