Local pricing for the second-generation E-Class Coupe has been released by Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific before it goes on sale in June, with the three-tier line-up kicking off from $96,000 before on-road costs for the entry-level E200d – some $15,000 higher than the previous model's range-opener.
According to the German car-maker, the price rise is due to the all-new two-door's larger body and increased levels of standard technology.
Opting for the E200d Coupe will cost buyers an extra $3100 over the equivalent sedan version, with both sharing their 143kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine and nine-speed automatic transmission.
However, the sprint from zero to 100km/h will take 7.4 seconds for two-door owners, which is a tenth slower than their four-door counterparts.
Similarly, fuel economy is also slightly worse off for the oil-burner at 4.9L/100 kilometres on the combined cycle test, representing an increase of 0.8L.
Standard equipment for the base specification level includes an AMG Line exterior styling package with 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless auto-entry, 'Comand' multimedia system with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic park assist, active cruise control, lane-keep assistant and auto emergency braking (AEB).
Stepping up to the $110,900 E300 Coupe – $3000 more than the sedan – will net customers a 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-pot petrol unit and a 6.4s 0-100km/h sprint time – two-tenths slower than a four-door.
Meanwhile, equipment levels rise for the mid-spec with the addition of 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, a sports exhaust system, air suspension, heated front seats and full-LED headlights.
The flagship E400 4MATIC Coupe will cost $145,900 and be powered by a 245kW/480Nm 3.0-litre turbo-petrol V6 unit with all-wheel-drive, which enables the two-door to go from standstill to 100km/h in 5.4s – making it $6000 pricier and 0.1s slower than the sedan.
A 13-speaker, 590-watt Burmester sound system, head-up display, panoramic sunroof, metallic paint and privacy glass are added to the top-spec coupe over the E300.
An Edition 1 package for E300 and E400 4MATIC model grades – which is limited to 555 examples globally – will also be offered by the local arm, but the exact number of units available remains unspecified.
It will set buyers back either $2420 (E300) or $5900 (E400 4MATIC) and include two-tone Nappa leather trim, Dinamica microfibre sports steering wheel, Air-Balance interior filtering package, Designo white magno body paint, bi-colour 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, black exterior highlights and Edition 1 badging.
Despite the E-Class sedan range being offered in E200, E220d, E350d and E350e guises, the Coupe will retain its simplified line-up for the immediate future.
Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific PR manager Jerry Stamoulis has revealed that "at this stage AMG has said it won't be building an E63 coupe," but there remains some hope that an E43 may appear at some stage.
Due to arrive in the third quarter of this year, the forthcoming Cabriolet will be the final member of the new E-Class stable, following the release of the Coupe.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe list pricing
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E220d – automatic – $96,000
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E300 – automatic – $110,900
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E400 4MATIC – automatic – $145,900