• May 19, 2009
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is all-new for 2010, with sleeker, sportier proportions and improved efficiency and performance. The E-Class also weighs 400 pounds less than its sedan stable-mate, but not because of light weight materials. It's because the E-Class coupe is underpinned by the C-Class platform, produced in the same Bremen factory as the C-class, while the E-Class sedan is built in Sindelfingen.

So why not just make a two-door C-Class and base another coupe on the new E-Class architecture? Ernst Lieb, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, said the C-Class platform was used to give the E-Class Coupe improved performance characteristics. Changing the C to an E also enables Mercedes to charge over $48,050 to start; $50 less than the outgoing CLK350, but a whole lot more than a two-door C-Class. With its smaller proportions and lighter weight, using the C-Class platform also enables Mercedes to make the new E-Class Coupe far more efficient than its predecessor. The E250 diesel will deliver 36 less fuel. Hat tip to Mike.



[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      If you look at it, despite the obvious size difference, the E-Class Coupe screams E a lot more than C. That's why M-B can price it accordingly.
      It's a really smart move, if you ask me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol... I love find out about these funfacts. Since 99% of MB buyers here in the US only care about the prestige of the car, finding out that thier "E" class is really an entry level car will really put some starch in their shorts. Muhahah.


      (for the record, I don't actually think the new C platform is bad, but it's a riot that they are posing by naming it with the higher class...)
        • 5 Years Ago
        But it certainly is considered an entry level in the US. No A/B class here, sir.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could be mistaken, but didn't they say that the change in name from CLK to E coupe was because it moved from a C-class platform the E-class?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly! They did say that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ waiownsyou

      CLK name has nothing to do with C-class. K stands for "kleine" in german, which means "small". The same goes with GLK - GL and SLK - SL :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Holy crap, the naming system actually makes sense now.

        The CLK is a small CL, the GLK is a small GL, and the SLK is a small SL. Only took me about a decade to make that connection. I'm a moron.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I miss the days when K stood for Kompressor, which they conveniently included on the first SLKs, presumably just to confuse us all.

        Also, as a fan of old school Benz nomenclature (not stone age, just 70s and 80s), can anyone enlighten us as to the current meaning of the C and L, or the G and L, or the S and L?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, K stands for Kurz: short.
        Think about it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ benzaholic

        I'm pretty sure the S stand for saloon and L stand for licht. As for the G I think it's a short for gelandenwagen which according to the translator means support dare. I guess it means if you "dare" to go off-road the car/4x4 will "support" you. GL probably means something smaller than G class.

        I always thought C stands for compact...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well... I don't really care, since I will not be buying one. However, would that mean they are trying to sell a cheaper architecture for a lot more money than if they stated it was the said cheaper architecture? I was always under the impression that the E used a more sophisticated suspension, better chassis strengthening and higher quality standards at the factory when compared to the C... if that's the case, I'd be pissed if I was in the market for this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like less value to me. That is like building a BMW 5 Series coupe on a 3 Series platform. I would expect a much lower price.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd forgive just about any move that nets a 400 lb weight savings. It's like adding 70 free hp!
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is really a 3rd generation CLK with an E-class badge.

        I like it, think Mercedes did a good job on it, but think it's a little deceptive to call it an E-class.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This must have been a speculation reproduced by many sources and presented as a fact. E.g. Edmunds, Paultan.org - all erroneously stated that the new E coupe would be based off the E klasse sedan "W212" floorpan. In fact it's not, and codename for this coupe was different. To what extent MB is to blame for this speculation coincided with the public unveiling, I don't know, and given the somewhat deceptive new name for the existing line of cars, I guess it is.

      PS regarding the naming schemes, G must stand for "Gelaendewagen" rather than "gelandenwagen" someone has suggested, which has nothing to do with "support" - it simply means "country car", and is properly translated by Babelfish as "jeep" ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't this replacing the CLK. The CLK has always maintained the looks of the E-Class but on a C-Class platform.

      Nothing new.
        • 5 Years Ago
        " BMW wouldn't do that! Just ignore the 6 series on the 5 series platform, please."

        waiownsyou you seem confused. the C class is a model BELOW the E class. Where BMW to pull this farce it would be the equivalent of basing the 6 series on the 3 series. No need to ignore the 6 series as it’s based on the 5 series and totally unrelated to a coupe based on a class below.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sure it's new, they've moved the car down to the price range of the A5 and 3 series. It's a lot cheaper than the CLK350 but slightly more expensive than the A5 while being damn near the same size in length, wheelbase, narrower in width, a little taller, and with less interior space than the A5. So the news is how this translates in sales now that it's firmly positioned against two better performing rivals with arguably more cohesive exteriors and interiors.

        They’ve lowered their standards and positioned themselves against two exteremly well engineered competitors.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah but the CLK had a C in it, so technically, it's still a C-class. BMW wouldn't do that! Just ignore the 6 series on the 5 series platform, please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Afraid most owners won't care, and frankly I think that's probably OK.

      I will never forget the day I informed a friend of mine that the 25 part of her 325 Xi meant engine size of 2.5 litres. She never knew it, still doesn't care, and by now has forgotten I ever said it. Loves her car anyway.

      We all tend to think what's important to us must actually be important.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just go the the 'log on' screen when I click on the source link. I'd be interested to see where Automotive News got this information, as I had been reading for months that the E Coupe was indeed truly an E underneath.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is this a surprise, considering the CLK that this new E Coupe replaced was also based on the C-Class?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Also, this still leaves room for a coupe based on the C.
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