The production of the new E-Class Coupé has officially started at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, Germany.
This latest version follows the saloon, estate and all terrain variants built at the Sindelfingen plant since last year. A long-wheelbase sedan is also being built for China in Beijing.
First unveiled last December, the new E-Class Coupe is no longer based on the C-Class platform. Instead, Mercedes-Benz now builds the E-Class in both sedan and coupe formats from the same underpinnings.
The shift to a larger platform has also resulted in substantial growth in the E-Class Coupe’s dimensions at all directions from the predecessor, although it remains a smaller vehicle than its sedan sibling.
Engine options are carried over from the sedan, featuring the new OM654 2.0-litre diesel alongside the more familiar M274 2.0-litre petrol with the M276 3.0-litre V6 petrol leading the line in the E400 4Matic generating outputs of 333hp and 480Nm.
"The production start of the E-Class Coupé is part of the ongoing rejuvenation of our model range and continues our growth path", commented Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management.
The coupé is produced at Bremen as part of a flexible system alongside the C-Class Coupé and Cabriolet. Engineers were able to integrate a further start-up into the running series production in a very short time while the plant is working to full capacity.
The E-Class Coupe is expected to be arriving at dealerships worldwide in the second quarter of the year.