The E-Class large car line-up in its current generation in now complete for Mercedes-Benz, following the official unveiling of the new Cabriolet model.
Power in various markets will largely mirror the coupe as a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel, along with turbocharged six-cylinder engines. All engines are matched only with a nine-speed automatic, and Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is offered for the first time.
Exterior features include LED headlamps (Multi-beam LEDs are optional) and LED tail-lamps, while the interior also boasts LED lighting with a choice of 64 colours and further lighting mounted in the rear of the cabrio soft top.
Also inside, there are screens galore including a 12.3-inch unit that Benz describes as a ‘floating widescreen’. The cabrio’s touchscreen can recognise handwritten commands or can be operated via voice controls, and a virtual instrument cluster offers Classic, Sport and Progressive display modes.
The 2017 model is longer and wider than its predecessor (123mm and 74mm respectively), and a 113mm boost to the wheelbase allows rear-seat passengers a further 102mm of legroom. The suspension is 15mm lower than the sedan, and the E-Class cabrio sits on 17-inch wheels.
Passengers can also be treated to Benz’s optional Airscarf neck-warming system, borrowed from the larger S-Class, along with the Aircap windbreak.
When the roof is required, the fabric (available in black, brown, red or blue) folds into place in around 20 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h. The roof cuts 75 litres from the boot space when stored, down from the 385 litres otherwise available with the roof in place.
"The passion for extraordinary vehicles, which we share with our customers, is reflected in our new E?Class Cabriolet in a unique way,” Mercedes-Benz’s Britta Seeger said.
“It is a car that lets people enjoy comfort and luxury in the open air."
The 2017 E-Class Cabriolet joins the sedan, wagon, All-Terrain AWD wagon and the coupe upon which it’s based.
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