New E Class and E Class Coupe -test drives?

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It would be nice to see some more reports from those who have test driven the new E's and feel up to giving us all some early impressions.

Or the new E class coupe

Meanwhile worth reading this article based on top MB sources:-

2010 Mercedes E-Class Coupe is based on W204 C-Class Platformhttp://www.worldcarfans.com/1090520...class-coupe-is-based-on-w204-c-class-platform

Here’s the nub of what it says; -
“Speaking with Wolfgang Bremm, E-Class product manager, Automotive News has confirmed that the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is in fact based on the C-Class platform, not on the E-Class after which it is named. This is the very same C-Class platform officially called the W204. Renaming the car that replaced the two-door CLK as an E-Class is interesting to say the least, but it follows Merc's previous production of basing the W209 CLK on the W203 C-Class platform.
The new E-Class sedan uses a platform codenamed W212 which is clearly not W204. Speculation is that the E coupe's platform designation is C207.
The question may arise as to why Merc would rename the car after the E-Class when it's based on another. Ernst Lieb, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA says one of the answers is that the car performs better for its intended purposes with C-Class underpinnings than it would with E-Class architecture. But more telling a reason is that customers will be far more willing to fork out more money for something called an E-Class Coupe rather than one called a C-Class Coupe, especially at the higher end where the margins are bigger.”
 

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Interesting on the Coupe, the interior between saloon and coupe are very similar the dashboard and centre console looked exactly the same to me. I don't have the paperwork with me but I would expect differences in wheelbase and track if based on different floorplans.
 
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Interesting on the Coupe, the interior between saloon and coupe are very similar the dashboard and centre console looked exactly the same to me. I don't have the paperwork with me but I would expect differences in wheelbase and track if based on different floorplans.

According to the MB website the so-called "E class coupe" has a wheelbase identical to the C class saloon at about 100mm (four inches in real money) shorter than the new E class.
 

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Copying BMW perhaps? If I remember correctly, the Range Rover Sport is built on a Land Rover platform...
 

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Copying BMW perhaps? If I remember correctly, the Range Rover Sport is built on a Land Rover platform...
The RR Sport is on a Discovery chassis, that is very easy to spot as you can see the spare wheel hanging under the back the same as the Disco 3
 
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Anyone driven the new E saloon or coupe yet?
 
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Question is where will it be built?

If it is in some south african township like the c-class then you can shove it but if it gets built in the Groß Deutsches Reich then its maybe worth a look.
 

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