Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a high-tech new powertrain in the 2018 E Class Coupe and Convertible. The revised versions of the car will feature a new 48-volt electrical architecture paired to the company’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder, making the 2018 E Class nearly a hybrid.
The 2018 E350 will sport Mercedes’ well-known turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, but it will now be paired with EQ Boost. Leveraging Mercedes’ new EQ brand, the system is effectively a large alternator and small battery pack to provide supplemental power. The system has a total output of 229 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, meaning the coupe will head from zero to 60 mph in an impressive 5.9 seconds.
This isn’t the first application of Mercedes-Benz’s new 48-volt power system. The company recently rolled it out on the top-tier S Class models, similar to the 2018 Audi A8. Mercedes has said it will continue to trickle down the 48-volt system as it works to electrify most of its lineup.
The revised E Class coupe and convertible are also borrowing the passenger comfort system Energizing Suite, which also first rolled out on the S Class sedan. New colors and a few additional features round out the changes to the 2018 E Class Coupe and Convertible.
Mercedes isn’t saying just yet what improvements the new EQ Boost powertrain system will achieve in the U.S. market, but on the European Union fuel economy cycle the company is expecting the system to achieve the equivalent of 35 miles per gallon.