WITH dealerships able to re-open next week, Mercedes-Benz has lost no time in rolling out details of the latest E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models, which benefit from the same exterior and interior styling upgrades as their saloon and estate siblings.
Dealers will open their order books for the new, sexier E-Class variants in late June and, even though UK prices and specifications have yet to be confirmed the company says that first deliveries will take place in late summer.
The latest models boast a redesigned front end with a decidedly more sporting look - but for even more on-road presence, buyers can opt for AMG-tweaked versions of both the Coupe and Cabriolet with their own distinctive looks and enhanced performance which are going on sale at the same time as the standard models.
Inside the reworked interior, the latest models are equipped with the latest generation of the Mercedes MBUX multimedia system - it's short for Mercedes-Benz User Experience - which includes two large 10.25-inch screens arranged side by side for a sublime widescreen look.
A range of next generation driving assistance systems will be available. As standard, the E-Class comes with Active Brake Assist, which in many situations is able to use autonomous braking to prevent a collision or mitigate its severity.
The system is also able to brake when it detects stationary vehicles and pedestrians at typical city speeds and even to prevent collisions, depending on the situation.
There's a choice of two litre four cylinder and three-litre six cylinder diesel powertrains with 194 and 340bhp respectively while four petrol-powered models are available with a pair of two-litre, four cylinder units with outputs of 197 and 258 bhp and a range-topping three-litre, 367 bhp six-cylinder engine capable of whisking the latest models from standstill to 60mph in around five seconds.
The AMG versions better that sprint time by around half a second thanks to their 435bhp, three-litre, six-cylinder engine which is fitted with an exhaust gas turbocharger and additional electric compressor.