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Mercedes has facelifted the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz design has seen remarkable shifts and changes. Current design chief Gorden Wagener has developed his own distinct styling language, and the current E-class coupe and cabriolet are arguably the most pure of all current Mercedes models. A facelift for 2021 has managed to make these cars even more harmonious.

The two-door E-Class variants come some months after the saloon and estate
Back in March, Mercedes unveiled the facelifted versions of its E-Class saloon and estate – how long ago does that feel? And now, just in time for summer, we’ve been treated to mid-life updates on the two-door Coupe and Cabriolet versions. Perfectly timed.

The four-door versions were given quite the overhaul during their facelifts, and much of the same tech has made its way onto both the Coupe and Cabriolet. The visuals have certainly been transferred over too, although the update was far more conservative in that department.

On non-AMG models (like the Cabrio pictured above) there are new, flatter headlights and the Merc ‘A-shape’ grille, as well as four new paint colours, LED lights front and rear and some special aero wheels. The top-spec AMG E53 4MATIC+ gets the same light treatment, but the now-universal AMG grille also comes in, as does a quad-exit exhaust and a rear diffuser.

The engine and tech changes were the big news for the four-door E-Classes, with seven variants offering plug-in hybrid options and most others getting 48-volt mild-hybrid systems integrated into their nine-speed automatic gearboxes. For now, it seems like only the latter powertrains will make it into the style-orientated two-doors, though – leaving either a 191bhp or 335bhp diesel, plus a range of petrols with power outputs stretching from 194bhp, right up to 268bhp from the E450 4MATIC.

The E53 is still the most interesting flavour of course, and that gets a 3.0-litre straight-six with one normal turbo and one electric compressor for 429bhp and 384lb ft of torque. Zero-62mph is dealt with in 4.4 seconds by the coupe and 4.6 by the cabriolet. We’ve got our fingers crossed for a V8-powered E63 Coupe once that combination makes its way back to the four-door cars, though.

Inside there are a few new-look trim elements for the two-doors, as well as the latest generation of Merc’s MBUX infotainment system. Standard fare is two 10.25-inch screens side-by-side by the way, but you can also opt for two 12.3-inch items for the ultimate widescreen look.

Then there’s the new active safety system (carried over from the saloon and estate) which includes clever adaptive cruise control that can slow the car based on online reports of traffic ahead, as well as for motorway slip roads, roundabouts and toll booths. Plus, the new steering wheel features capacitive sensors in the rim, so the car knows whether you’re paying attention without you having to make slight adjustments at speed.

UK prices and final specs are yet to be announced, but the new Coupe and Cabrio will both go on sale here in late June. What do we think, folks?

Like the recently updated 2021 E-class sedan, both the E450 AMG E53 coupes and convertibles feature new steering wheels, with a pronounced, almost sphere-shaped central hub. They both feature the latest MBUX system and upgraded infotainment.

Both the E450 and the AMG E53 are powered by Daimler's latest-generation inline-six engine, both fitted with a 48-volt hybrid system and an integrated starter-generator that can start the engine silently, provide a slight power boost, and increase fuel economy. The AMG E53's engine is unchanged, at 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, but for the E450, the switch to from the previous 362-horsepower V-6 to the equally powerful inline-six should mean better mpg and a noticeably smoother demeanor. Like before, the E450 will be available with rear-wheel drive or 4Matic all-wheel drive, the latter being standard on the AMG E53.

For the first time, AMG is offering the sporty Dynamic Plus package on a model with fewer than eight cylinders. The regrettable reason for this is that there will be no V-8–powered AMG E63 version of either the coupe or the cabriolet.

Mercedes says the updated 2021 E-class coupe and convertible models will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year. Prices have yet to be announced but they should remain close to the current range which starts at $65,345 for the E450 coupe and goes up to $82,645 for an AMG E53 cabriolet.