We've just returned from the international launch of the E-Class Coupe and Mercedes-Benz has subsequently announced a cabriolet version.
Mercedes-Benz is a brand renowned for its cabriolets... there's hardly a model in its lineup that does not have a droptop derivative. The new E-Class Cabriolet is the fifth and youngest member of Mercedes-Benz's E-Class family. It's a 4-seater 2-door cabriolet and brings to market a number of in-car technologies such as comprehensive smartphone integration wireless charging, a widescreen cockpit and the latest assistance systems. There'll be a wide choice of engines too.
Mechanically, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet rides lower to the ground (by 15 mm), to give it a sportier stance. The electrically operated fabric roof is available in dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black, plus it can be fully opened or closed in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 50 kph.
At launch, there will be a choice of turbopetrol and turbodiesel engines, including, for the first time, derivatives with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
As standard, all models come equipped with the marque's 9G-tronic 9-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz claims the E-Class cabriolet's suspension is tuned to offer a comfortable ride quality, without detracting from a sporty driving experience. Air suspension is an option.
The newcomer is claimed to be safe too and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet features:
- Pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters on all front and rear seats
- Pre-Safe reversible belt tensioner on the front seats
- Front airbags for driver and passenger
- A kneebag on the driver's side
- Thorax/pelvis bags for driver and front passenger
- Optional: curtain airbags integrated into the top edge of the front door panels to protect the head in the event of severe side impacts (headbags)
- Optional: side airbags in the rear
We'll have more information on the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet and when it's coming to South Africa soon.