Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet (2017–)
- March 2017: Mercedes-Benz revealed E-Class Cabriolet
- January 2018: Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet revealed
- May 2018
- May 2018: Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ goes on sale
- August 2018: Mercedes-Benz E 450 4Matic announced
Mercedes-Benz revealed E-Class Cabriolet
When the soft top is up, the E-Class Cabriolet has a silhouette similar to that of the E-Class Coupe. Suspension that is 15 millimetres lower than that of the Saloon emphasises the sporty character of the E-Class Cabriolet. It comes with standard 19-inch wheels.
The fabric soft top is available in the colours dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black. A fully automatic acoustic soft top comes as standard. Its multi-layered structure with sophisticated insulation reduces wind and driving noise, which makes it easy for the occupants to hear each other talk, even when driving at high speed. The soft-top structure is equally effective when it comes to climate comfort, making the Cabriolet suitable for use all year round.
It can be fully opened and closed in 20 seconds when travelling at a speed of up to 31 mph. After opening, it folds down quietly and precisely and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the boot. A retractable cover separates the soft top from the remaining boot space.
Thanks to the fully electrical control included in the optional Cabriolet Comfort package, the driver does not have to stop to operate the boot separator manually. The boot capacity of 385 litres (310 litres when the roof is open) means the E-Class Cabriolet doesn’t compromise on practicality. The all-new 50:50 folding rear seat backrests create a through-loading feature in the interior – another plus point when it comes to everyday practicality.
Maximum open-air comfort is possible in the E-Class Cabriolet thanks to the optional AIRCAP automatic draught-stop system and the AIRSCARF neck-level heating, which make the fresh air much more enjoyable even at low outside temperatures.
The AIRCAP draught-stop system was developed specifically for Mercedes-Benz cabriolets. It consists of an electric wind deflector module inconspicuously integrated into the roof frame and an electric draught stop behind the rear seats. At the press of a button, this system reduces the interior turbulence for the rear passengers, too.
AIRCAP is part of the Cabriolet Comfort package, which also includes AIRSCARF neck-level heating for the driver and front passenger by circulating warm air around the neck area when temperatures are low outside. The combination of these two pieces of equipment allows enjoyment of the open-air feeling on cold days, too.
At the market launch, there is initially a choice of powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines, including versions with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive for the first time. Further engines will be added to the line-up in due course. As standard, all models are equipped with the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, which allows fast gearshifts and lower engine speeds. This has a particularly beneficial effect on efficiency and noise.
The suspension on the new E-Class Cabriolet is designed to offer agile driving pleasure as well as a comfortable ride. Comfort-tuned DIRECT CONTROL suspension with an amplitude-dependent damping system, which is 15 millimetres lower than the Saloon’s suspension, is fitted as standard.
Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet revealed
It's powered by a 3.0-litre engine featuring twin-turbocharging by means of an exhaust gas turbocharger and an electric auxiliary compressor. The six‑cylinder in-line engine generates 435PS and delivers maximum torque of 520Nm. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 4.5 seconds.
Its EQ Boost starter-alternator momentarily provides an additional 16kW of output plus 250Nm of torque and furthermore feeds the 48 V on-board electrical system. Other technical highlights include the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and the fully variable all-wheel drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+.
Distinguishing features which are common to the three new 53-series models comprise the twin-blade radiator grille, the front apron in A-wing design, the AMG-specific side sill panels, the rear apron with diffuser insert plus the round exhaust tailpipe trim elements in high-gloss chrome.
The synthesis of exclusivity and sportiness is also underscored by the sports seats (featuring an integral seat look in the E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet) with AMG-specific seat upholstery layout and AMG badge, red seat belts plus trim elements in carbon fibre or glass fibre in matt silver. The interior is rounded off with the new, standard-fit AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather with individualisation options such as wood inserts in piano lacquer or DINAMICA microfibre in the grip area.
When it comes to interior colours and materials, the three new 53-series models boast significantly more options than the preceding 43-series models. For the appointments, there is a choice of ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, nappa leather and designo interiors. In addition to classic black with red or grey contrasting topstitching, for the E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet there are now also combinations in black/saddle brown, black/white, black/classic red, designo titian red/macchiato beige and designo titanium grey/black.
Received word of new E400d in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine being introduced to replace the 3.0 litre V6 diesel. Possibly to locate the DPF closer to the combustion chambers, making it more efficient.
Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ goes on sale
Prices start at £69,285 and it comes with a 3.0-litre biturbo in-line six cylinder petrol engine, with the brand’s innovative new EQ Boost technology.
It can generate 435PS and 520 Nm, with an additional 20PS and 250 Nm available from the EQ Boost system. The E 53 Cabriolet has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph and can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds with claimed economy of 32.1mpg and 200g/km CO2.
An AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission comes as standard, and features extremely short shift times, fast response to shift paddle commands, a double-declutching function and multiple downshifts.
The fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive combines ultimate driving performance with a high level of driving safety in all conditions.
Standard equipment includes 12.3-inch widescreen cockpit display and 12.3-inch infotainment display, Parking Package including 360° camera, Memory Package, including electrically adjustable front seats and steering column, Multibeam Intelligent Light System, Nappa leather upholstery, wireless charging, AMG Ride Control suspension and split folding rear seats.
The Premium Plus package is available for £1,595, adding the Burmester surround sound system and Keyless-Go Comfort package.
The Comfort package can be added for £395 and includes Air Balance and Energizing comfort control. The systems work together to enhance the occupant’s overall comfort. This includes music, ambient lighting, and fragrance
Mercedes-Benz E 450 4Matic announced
The six-cylinder petrol engine previously used in the CLS replaces the E 400 in the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet line-ups. It uses a 48-volt mild hybrid system to provide a boost of 22PS and 250Nm of torque when required, for example during overtaking.
Ordinarily the E 450 has a power output of 367PS and 500Nm of torque, while fuel economy is rated at 32.1mpg in the Coupe and 31.7mpg in the Cabriolet. Acceleration to 62mph takes 5.6 seconds (5.8 seconds in the Cabriolet), while both models have an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
Prices start at £50,900 for the Coupe and £55,395 for the Cabriolet.