Mercedes-Benz E-Class (C207)
|Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé (C207)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Mid-size luxury car|
|Body style||2-door coupé
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Wheelbase||108.7 in (2,761 mm) (coupe/convertible)|
|Length||185.0 in (4,699 mm)|
|Width||70.3 in (1,786 mm)|
|Predecessor||Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (C209/A209)|
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class (C207 and A207) are the respective coupé and convertible versions of the fourth generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class automobile. Sold since 2009, the C207 and A207 replaced the previous C209/A209 CLK-Class models. Like the CLK-Class predecessor, the C207/A207 E-Class are derived from the C-Class. Sedan and station wagon models of the E-Class of the same vintage are built on their own platform and are known as the W212 and S212. The coupé and convertible share a more aggressive, swifter look than the sedan and saloon, with a more svelte front and a sleeker bonnet.
The C207 E-Class shares its platform with the W204 C-Class sedan. Therefore, wheelbases are identical, the axle tracks are within a tenth of an inch of each other, and are about two inches narrower than the front and rear tracks of the W212 E-Class sedan. While the W212 E-Class sedan is built at the Sindelfingen plant, the E-Class C207 coupe is built in the Bremen plant alongside the W204 C-Class. Mercedes-Benz is defensive about this relationship, clarifying the original media reports by announcing that the C207 shares approximately 60 percent of its mechanical components with the W212. However, this includes powertrain and other technologies that are shared with the E-Class but does not alter the fact that the fundamental structure is W204 derived. Motor Trend, along with other media outlets reported that the coupe "feels nothing like the new E-Class sedan" to drive. Mercedes-Benz actually intended for the C207/A207 to be called CLK, but moved over to the E-Class name later on.
The A207 cabriolet was unveiled January 11, 2010 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It went on sale March 27, 2010 in Europe and in May 2010 in the United States.
Models available in the USA are the E350 (302 bhp) and E550 (402 hp) version. The US versions of the cabriolet feature the AIRSCARF system (a neck-level heating system for front occupants) and the new AIRCAP windshield spoiler system, deflecting air over the cabin for reduced draft and wind noise.
In Australia, a 1.8-litre four-cylinder E250 CGI model is available, as well as a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel model known as the E250 CDI. AIRSCARF and AIRCAP are the only options on the E250 models.
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- The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Press kit: Coupé