A Mercedes-Benz 2-door car is positively something particular. It might be
mass-produced however, besides its brand name, it has got a whiff of extra
exclusivity - maybe except of the unusual A-Class Coupe and the compact CLC-Class.
Once, things have
been quite simple: Stuttgart used a sedan model to derive a two-door. This
one was then more sporty in design, but just a version of the 4-door. In the
1990's they changed it by turning the coupes into individual model series.
For the CLK, as an example, they used the C-class platform, but suggested an E-class
- not only by the look of the nose, but also its price. Now, with the all-new E-class Coupe,
Mercedes gave up on that policy.
They call their new 2-door, the
E-class Coupe. Indeed it's looking like one. Things would have been fine, if
some Mercedes officials – Ernst Lieb, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA and E-Klasse
Product Manager, Wolfgang Bremm - had not suggested that the car is underpinned
by the C-class.
Since some web sites spread this news, Mercedes felt impelled to release a
statement according to which the model shares more than 60% of its components with
the E-class. Direct comparison as given below, however, casts doubts on it. Some also
missed a hint to what's under the bodywork.
Daimler confirmed that the Agility Control Suspension of the sportier C-class models
is used for the E-class Coupe. That appears confusing but a closer look, as given at the
end of this feature, clears it fully up. But, before, further confusion is raised at the
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