The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet has arrived
Mercedes has rounded off its E-Class range with a classy Cabriolet at the Geneva Motor Show. Following in the tracks of the Saloon, Estate, All-Terrain and Coupe, the drop-top’s launch will complete the latest award-winning E-Class family.
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Externally, the E-Class Cabriolet borrows the look of the smart coupe, but where once there was a metal roof there is now a soft-top. From the windscreen forwards, it’s nigh-on identical with the front dominated by a gaping grille bearing the Mercedes badge.
The Cabriolet is 15mm lower than the equivalent E-Class Saloon, while the soft-top can be ordered in a choice of four different colours. Folding away into the boot space, dropping the roof does mean giving up 75 0f the 385 litres of boot space, but it can be closed in 20 seconds at speeds up to 31mph.
Anyone that’s driven a new E-Class will be familiar with the interior design. Mercedes’ standard 12.3in touchscreen infotainment interface is standard across the range, but those wishing for a little more tech can spec an LCD instrument display that replaces traditional analogue dials.
The E-Class Cabriolet is one of the few true four-seat convertibles, and thanks to the new model being longer than ever before, there’s more rear legroom. A fixed armrest splits the two rear seats, but there’s enough room in the back for adults to travel comfortably.
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More Cabriolet-specific features come in the form of heated seats – front and rear – which will keep all four passengers warm even if you fancy a topless drive in the middle of winter. Mercedes’ innovate draught-stop and neck-level heating systems offer even more comfort to the front two passengers, but you’ll pay more for both.
Engine-wise, the E-Class Cabriolet will be offered with the same line-up as you’ll find in the new Coupe, which means three petrols and one diesel will be on offer. The entry-level offering is the E200, with the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 181bhp.
The E300 is essentially the same engine, although it will be tuned up to 242bhp. The range-topping petrol unit is the 3.0-litre V6 E400 4Matic. This produced 328bhp thanks to two turbochargers, and also comes with 4WD as standard.
The diesel is likely to be a popular choice for UK customers, and is the same E220d found in the rest of the current E-Class range. With 191bhp and its fuel-sipping nature, it’ll come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, as will all models.
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Mercedes will also offer its 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system for the first time and before too long, we suspect an AMG-tuned model will be added to the range. This will most likely make use of Mercedes’ fabulous 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.
No list or lease prices have been revealed yet, but we expect the E-Class Cabriolet order book to open in time for summer. If you’re considering one, we expect it to sit just above the Coupe price-wise, meaning a list price of around £40,000.