Gone is the old C-Class platform that underpinned the previous E-Class Coupé. It has been replaced by Mercedes-Benz’s new MRA (modular rear architecture) platform, which brings about an increase in dimensions; length has increased by 123mm up to a total of 4826mm, width has extended by 74mm to 1860mm and, with the standard steel suspension, ride height has also increased by 32mm to 1430mm.
But the new E-Class Coupe? Well, it brings a fresh new aesthetic to the table, one that shows just how creative and artistic Mercedes-Benz designers can be when given the freedom to ditch the cookie-cutter designs that head-office seems intent on peddling.
BMW’s closest competitor for the E 400 is the £59,535, 640i SE coupe, but there’s no diesel model below this to provide a challenge for the E 220d. There’s no real equivalent from Audi either, since the A5 is more a competitor for the C-class coupe. With other manufacturers (and indeed Mercedes itself) filling SUV niches, the E-class Coupe almost has the market to itself.