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First Drive: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

New name, new look. Still tough to beat.

by on May.13, 2009

The old Mercedes CLK morphs into the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe for 2010.

The old Mercedes CLK morphs into the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe for 2010.

Keep It Simple, Stupid.  It’s sound advice, especially when it comes to naming a fleet of automobiles.  Over the years, we’ve watched the Mercedes-Benz line-up grow from the easily remembered C-, E- and S-Class models to a procession of increasingly complex offerings like the CLK, SLK and GLK.  So, we were pleased to discover that not only was the automaker redesigning its CLK 2-door, but renaming it the E-Class Coupe.

We spent a couple days in Las Vegas driving all the latest E-Class variants, earlier this month, and you can read our review of the E350 and E550 sedans by clicking here.  But the 2010 Mercedes E-Class Coupe is worth a little closer look.  Actually, to be perfectly precise, make that Coupes, for the 2-door will be offered with a choice of either the 3.5-liter V-6 or the sportier 5.5-liter V-8, the same powertrain pair available for the sedan.

The new E-Class Coupe shares many of the same underpinnings of the sedan and, in fact, quite a bit of its mechanicals were originally developed for the smaller Mercedes C-Class.  But despite the familial resemblance, the Coupe’s sheet metal is all its own.

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