Mercedes-Benz was already onto a winner with the latest incarnation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan. It’s a sophisticated and elegant machine, even with its extra pair of doors. So when news of a new E-Class Coupe surfaced we knew it was bound to impress.
When the Coupe eventually launched last year it took the E-Class experience up a notch with its long, arching roofline, swooping body form and up-to-the-minute interior. And come Style Award time, it continued weaving its magic on our judges, too.
WhichCar’s Ryan Lewis said the E-Class Coupe nails the Style Award criteria.
“It has X-factor from the moment you look at it. It’s got an interior that breaks new ground and an exterior/interior look and feel that really harmonise with one another.
“This car is a really successful marriage of classically beautiful proportions and extremely modern technology.”
“I love the look of this Mercedes,” said Belle magazine editor Tanya Buchanan. “It embodies everything I know and feel about the brand.
Automotive design consultant Paul Beranger was impressed by the coupe’s stretched body, which is slightly longer than the E-Class sedan’s, resulting in ‘sublime’ proportions.
“The pillarless glass and the lack of sculpturing on the body-side – it really reflects maturity and self-confidence at the brand.”
“The beautiful lines make it a really sophisticated vehicle,” added Elle’s Amy Starr. “The idea of those pillars being gone is not just beautiful from the outside but it makes for a beautiful driving experience on the inside.
“It is a hundred thousand dollar-plus car, but I think for anyone that’s design focused as well as safety focused … it’s a beautiful package.”
The E-Class Coupe’s classically-derived lines and proportions deliver the same emotive style that is often admired about Mercedes-Benz coupes and sports cars, but will it have enough to fend off more affordable, but equally unique opposition including the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Hyundai Kona, and the Audi Q2?
We’ll find out when the 2018 WhichCar Style Award winner is announced at the Australian Motoring Awards on January 24, along with the 2018 4x4 Australia 4x4 of the Year, 2018 Motor Performance Car of the Year, and the 2018 Wheels Car of the Year.