Anyone who's been keeping tabs on Mercedes in recent years has probably noticed that the brand has established a very well-defined formula. After launching a sedan for the mass-market, the car-maker will follow it up with a coupe, and then, lastly, a convertible. You can buy the Mercedes E-class in wagon, sedan and coupe format, but well-off enthusiasts of convertible cars were being sadly left out—until now. The Geneva Motor Show is scheduled to play host to the launching of the Mercedes E-class Cabriolet.
Just like the S-class (placed above it in the Mercedes range), the E-class Cabriolet is intended to introduce a dash of yacht-style luxury to terra firma. Once the roof is dropped, the interior trim runs along to the rear deck—this creates a sumptuous, expensive look as the roof-up outline emulates that of the coupe. According to Mercedes, the soft top design is closely based on the S-class. It can be closed or opened at speeds of 31 miles per hour(or 50 kilometers per hour).This is quite useful in case of an unexpected downpour, and it is also a great way of showing off as you crawl through congested traffic.
The interior of the standard E-Class was already a remarkable piece of design, but the convertible goes even further with an array of new trim options. The normal instrument binnacle can be substituted with a clear dual-screen system, joined together between a glass cover so that the two different screens appear to be one integrated unit. The four seats can all be fitted with an innovative air scarf system that warms the neck while a regular-fit aircap stopper eliminates buffeting when driving at higher speeds.
In comparison to the sedan, the Cabriolet stands 0.59 inches (1.5 centimeters) lower in order to achieve a sportier look. The floor structures in the front and rear have been toughened so as to minimize the body flex that is usually linked to the removal of a car roof. The boot, bonnet and front wings are all made of aluminum, and this ensures that the drop-top does not out-weigh the sportier coupe by much. Certainly, it may not handle as well as its hardtop sibling, but that is not the point of highway cruisers such as this anyway.
The E-Class Cabriolet is supported by a multi-chamber air suspension, and drivers can switch the dampers using three different stiffness settings.The driver can control each wheel individually, and the car will automatically slacken or stiffen depending on how rough the conditions are.
When the car starts off, power will be generated by a petrol V6 twin-turbo engine that has 329 horsepower and 480 Newton-meters of torque. It will be connected to a 9-speed automatic gearbox- and among the options is a 4MATIC all-wheel drive. After the launch, it is anticipated that additional engines will join, but Mercedes has not indicated which one of its 4-cylinder powertrains will be provided.
As one would expect, the entire range of activated safety features found in the sedan has been carried over to the cabriolet. Together with the automatic emergency brakes and active cruise control that allows the car to move in tandem with the traffic and maintain its lane at speeds of 130 mph (210 km/h), the car can assist the driver to maneuver around obstacles. The windscreen washers have also been redesigned to reduce the length of time that the driver is unsighted. They gently spray water from the blades instead of blasting the windscreen using bonnet-mounted jets.
The Mercedes E-class Cabriolet is set to launch at the Geneva Motor Show which starts next week. The company has not yet released any pricing information.