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2021 Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG, and Performance.

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Bhavik Sreenath

Automotive Journalist

August 14, 2020 at 09:30 AM

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is the German luxury automaker’s classy and luxurious Coupe version of the popular E-class sedan that has been the benchmark in this segment for its extravagant interiors and sublime exterior styling. The 2021 model of this grand tourer should carry a starting price of around $67,000.

Sitting on the regular E-class sedan platform, the Mercedes E-Class coupe is one of the most humble and well-crafted coupe’s in its segment. It's stylish in a gentle way, looks aggressive and sporty as well. Has a comfortable ride and is also propelled by some energetic powertrains. That was the story so far though, and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe is all set to delight you with its heightened propositions.

No generation change but the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets a slurry of updates up its sleeves. First and foremost is its redesigned front and rear end that make it more appealing to the younger audiences. Though the powertrain remains the same as earlier but it adds on a 48-volt mild-hybrid system which Mercedes calls EQ Boost. Not much tweaks on the inside as well but you will see some find enhancements inside the cabin as well. Yes, there's also the latest MBUX infotainment for you. Quite a lot of upgrades though, which we cant resist to take a look at right here. 

What’s New?

  • Revised exterior and interior styling
  • New 48-volt mild-hybrid system
  • Updated tech and infotainment suite

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2021 E-Class Coupe?

At the time of its launch, the 2021 Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe will be available in one trim – E450 Coupe. The rear-wheel-drive E450 Coupe will have a price tag of $64,350 while all-wheel-drive E450 Coupe 4Matic will start at $66,850. The E-Class Coupe is expected to be distributed in the US by the end of this year.

What to expect in the engine department?

Mercedes has up till now disclosed that the coupe will be offered in E450 and E450 4Matic. The E450 models will be motorized by Daimler's latest-generation inline-six engine. The powertrain is borrowed from AMG 53 series – turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6, generating 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque as accomplished by its former twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6. 

For the first time though, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will also be getting the EQ Boost technology with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The hybrid setup increases the power count by 21 hp and adds 184 lb-ft of torque. It is integrated with a starter-generator that aids the engine to launch silently.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (Expected)

2020 Lexus RC F

2020 Audi TT RS

2020 BMW M4 Coupe

MSRP

$66,850

$64,900

$67,600

$69,150

Engine

3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder with EQ Boost

5.0-liter Premium V8

2.5-liter turbocharged inline five-cylinder

3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six-cylinder

Transmission

9 speed G Tronic automatic transmission

8-speed sport direct-shift automatic transmission

7 speed S Tronic Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission

7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

Horsepower

362 hp @ 6000 rpm*

472 hp @ 7100 rpm

394 hp @ 6700 rpm

425 hp @ 6800 rpm

Torque

369 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm*

354 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm

395 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

406 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

0-60 MPH

5.0 seconds*

4.2 seconds

3.6 seconds

3.9 seconds

Quarter-Mile

13.4 seconds*

12.7 seconds

11.7 seconds

12.1 seconds

*2020 Data used for reference

A nine-speed automatic transmission remains the same as earlier but is tuned for more efficient operations. While we did not have any major compalints with the powertrain of the previous E-Class and the 2021 model should be no different. The 48-volt mild-hybrid system should further enhance power delivery down the lower rpm range. Not the best in its class but the 2021 Mercedes E-Class coupe should further drop down its 0-60 mph run from the current models 5.0 seconds. 

How does the 2021 E-Class Coupe Handle?

The curent E-Class Coupe has great handling, enough to call sporty, which should be the same even in its upcoming model year. The E-class is just the thing for handling any kind of road situations while at the same time, provides great comfort to passengers inside. It offers a smooth ride with its soft air suspension. It drifts over roadway and walkway imperfections with only minor feedback of these for that inside. While things are as supple and confident in the E-Class coupe along straight stretches, around corners you do feel a very small hint of body movement. Hopefully, the updated suspension setup in the 2021 model should fix this issue. 

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The steering is decently weighted when the drive-mode selector is set to either Comfort or Eco. The optional adjustable dampers and air suspensions make the ride more glorious. Apart from the extended comfort and pothole-soaking ability, the E-Class also maintains good tranquility inside the cabin. The E-Class Coupe, even though it is a heavy car, comes with a well-behaved braking system to stop the car from high speed. However, we are not sure as to what difference would the added mild-hybrid system along with some more lbs to its overall weight would affect its on-rpad behavior.

How many miles to the gallon will the E-Class Coupe deliver?

Fuel economy figures are not yet announced, but it is sure that the new-gen E-Class Coupe will have better fuel economy figures than its predecessor with its new engine. The 2020 E-Class Coupe offers 20 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on the highway and 23 MPG combined. It has an ample fuel capacity of 17.4 gallons. However, with the new mild-hybrid system though, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe should further enhance its fuel efficiency.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (Expected)

2020 Lexus RC F

2020 Audi TT RS

2020 BMW M4 Coupe

MPG (City)

20*

16

19

18

MPG (Highway)

28*

24

29

25

MPG (Combined)

23*

19

23

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.4 gallons*

17.4 gallons

14.5 gallons

15.8 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles )

348/487/400*

278/418/330

290/406/333

284/395/316

*2020 Figures used for reference

Currently, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe has the highest MPG figures while Lexus RC F has the lowest. Interestingly, both of these have top fuel capacity as well with a significantly large fuel-tank for their class. The E-Class Coupe also has a great range which other competitors cannot defeat it in. In short, the E-Class Coupe conquers the fuel efficiency department pretty well and can also be on the run for longer distances than its rivals without visiting the gas station. 

What to expect from the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe’s interior?

The E-Class Coupe’s cabin is made attractive with aluminum touches, fine wood, modified upholstery and customizable ambient interior lighting all made as standard. Interior features include a new steering wheel with capacitive touch controls that can be handled as an alternative to touchscreen or the center touchpad. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, automatic emergency braking with a cross-traffic function and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring and active parking assist with a 360-degree camera are now standard.

Moving on to the seating section, E-Class Coupe offers comfort seats. Heated front seats, heated armrests, memory settings for the driver's and front passenger seat, massaging front seats and ventilated front-seat cushions are some of the comfort features. It provides ample front and rear leg, head and shoulder rooms suited for all heights.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (Expected)

2020 Lexus RC F

2020 Audi TT RS

2020 BMW M4 Coupe

Seating Capacity

4*

4

4

4

Front Row Space (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.8/56.1/41.8*

37.8/50.7/45.4

37.1/53.6/41.1

39.8/55.3/42.2

Second Row Space (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.4/50.3/34.1*

36.5/46.1/27.3

33.8/47.9/28.9

39.8/51.7/33.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

10*

10.1

12.0

11.0

*2020 Model used for reference

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe has good front shoulder room and legroom and rear headroom but not good enough to beat BMW M4 Coupe. Audi TT RS comes with larger storage capacity than any other car in its list. Disappointingly, the E-Class Coupe has the least storage capacity among the rivals. However, it does have a number of tricks up its sleeves to edge past most of its rivals. 

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

2021 Mercedes E-Class Coupe will sport two high-resolution 12.3-inch screens that merge into a widescreen cockpit, display infotainment system, and digital cluster. The infotainment system holds touchscreen and augmented reality technology for the navigation display. Mercedes's latest MBUX infotainment system features an advanced voice assistant that reads out weather forecasts, turns on heated seats, adjusts the cabin temperature, and many more.

As earlier, the 2021 E-Class Coupe will come standard with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility, wireless device charging, and Burmester sound system for a joyful trip. While the current 2020 model still offers best in industry interface and response, the latest MBUX infotainment in the 2021 E-Class coupe should further elevate the infotainment benchmark in its segment. 

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the E-Class Coupe?

The 2021 E-Class Coupe gains a lot of updates on its front and rear. The “A-shaped” grille, borrowed from Mercedes’s crossovers, is upgraded to expose its elegance. The wider and lower grille also gets a larger Tristar logo that makes it look imposing yet Stylish from tHe front. The front and rear bumpers are slightly modified. The headlights are now smaller and line up with the upgraded grille but their slimmer profile adds to the exterior aggression. Even the tail lamps are new and are horizontally laid in comparison to the outgoing model's vertical alignment. 

Well, apart from the new headlights and tail lamps, there are also some other exterior touches accompanying the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class family. Look close and you will notice the redesigned front bumper and shoulder-lines which are more subtle and hood-lines which are bolder than its predecessor. There are some new exterior paint options on the tap as well. New exterior colors include Graphite Grey metallic, Cirrus Silver metallic, Patagonia Red metallic, and Mojave Silver metallic brightens the car. E450 models will add 19-inch alloy wheels on summer performance tires.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (Expected)

2020 Lexus RC F

2020 Audi TT RS

2020 BMW M4 Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

4200 *

3902

3196

3685

Length (inches)

190*

185.4

165

184.5

Width (inches)

73.1*

72.6

72.1

73.6

Height (inches)

56.7*

54.7

52.9

54.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.5*

5.1

6.5

4.7

Wheelbase (inches)

113.1*

107.5

98.6

110.7

Track Width (in.) F/R

63.2/63.3*

61.2/61.4

61.6/60.8

62.2/63.1

*2020 Figures used for reference

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is the largest and heaviest car among its adversaries. Though the overall exterior profile of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe is not drastically different from its existing model, it does look more stylish and mature. Though not as sporty and aggressive as its rivals like the Lexus RC F. However, most of the buyers of the E-Class coupe know exactly what they are heading towards. 

Will the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe be worth my money and time?

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe combines luxury and extravagance and yields much latest technology and safety features. It will undergo a lot of upgrades than the current generation model. Though it has comparably low performance than its rivals, it is worth money as it covers latest features and technologies which its rivals lack. It will be worth waiting till the end of this year to grab the exclusive 2021 E-Class Coupe.

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