Though we have already mentioned some of the gadgetry present on our test car in the previous chapters, the list is quite a bit longer than that. By far the most impressive feature is the Thermotronic three-zone automatic climate control. As we already said before, the really cool thing about it is not the fact it can offer three different temperature setting for the front and rear passengers, but the way it does it.
It can keep track of sun rays, the quality of both the exterior and the interior air and the overall well being of the passengers. When in "Auto" mode it can switch the flow of conditioned air either manually or automatically between three other modes: "focus", "medium" and "diffuse". This is quite an impressive gadget on both paper and in reality, we should add.
Another at least as equally impressive feature is the "Attention Assist" system which, put simply, is like having an invisible passenger who's sole function is to see if you're about to nod off at the wheel during longer drives. It works by monitoring you driving behavior over longer distances, also taking into account the time of day, the steering input and the duration of travel.
If the system senses that your driving behavior becomes a bit more erratic after a continuous drive, the symbol of a coffee cup and a message will be accompanied by a short beep on the dashboard, thus informing you it might be a good idea to pull over and have a driving break.
Other than these quite futuristic gadgets, the Intelligent Light System is another state of the art technology which was present on our test car. We first got the chance to experience it during our C-Klasse test drive a few months ago. Compared to that one though, the E-Klasse Coupe benefits from an improved version.
At lower speeds - for example in a residential neighborhood - there's an extra set of lights which illuminate the area into which the car is about to turn. This function comes as an extra to the already swiveling bi-xenon headlights, thus making the car actually illuminate around a corner.
On top of that, speed, weather conditions and the direction of other headlights coming from the opposite of the road are taken into consideration by the Intelligent Light System before automatically reducing or increasing the headlights beam. There probably isn't any other car headlight system that's cooler than this one.
The other gadgets present on our test car are actually part of the norm when it comes to your average Mercedes-Benz coupe. For example, the seatbelt holders for the front seats automatically come forward when the consequent door is closed and the contact is on, thus facilitating the passengers to reach them without having to pull a muscle (yes, the doors are quite large, so that could otherwise happen).
Other than that, our test car car was also fitted with a rain and light sensor, a navigation system, front and rear parking sensors and a state-of-the-art harman/kardon Logic 7 surround sound system, making this quite a well equipped vehicle. Or so you would think, but few things are further from the truth. Just to give a few examples, our test car wasn't fitted with the optional multi-contour seats, the rear parking camera, the panoramic powered glass sunroof or the intelligent cruise control system, which can automatically brake or accelerate the car depending on traffic. The options list is longer than some very long college term papers. Continue reading