Mercedes chose a frigid day in Detroit to launch the convertible version of its all-new E-Class model. The E-Class Cabriolet extends the E-Class range to four models, which also include the sedan, coupe and wagon/estate.
Styled more aggressively like the C-Class coupe, the convertible will initially be offered with two engine choices: an underwhelming 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 and a robust 382-hp 5.5-liter V8. Mercedes has also opted to go with a conventional rag-top, rather than a hard top, in order to keep the weight gain to a minimum. The top drops in roughly 20 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph. Soft tops are also supposed to provide more trunk space, but that doesnâ€™t appear to be the case here with just 3.2 cubic feet of space available with the roof down. Top-up, there is plenty of room, with a total of 13.8 cu.-ft.
A new item included in the E-Class Cab is what Mercedes has dubbed the AirCap. The system includes a wind deflector mounted to the top of the windshield as well as draft stops inside the cabin. It can be deployed at the push of a button and doesnâ€™t require fiddling or installation; plus it also doesnâ€™t block off the rear seats like some wind deflectors do. And along with keeping a more balanced temperature inside the cabin, it also reduces interior noise.
Seeing it in action at the Detroit Show it certainly does look a bit dorky, but itâ€™s likely to be a huge hit with female buyers who want to drive with the top down, but donâ€™t want to have to re-do their hair once they get to their destination.
The AirCap can also be paired with Mercâ€™s Airscarft, which blows air out of the front headrests and right onto the neck of the driver and front passenger.
As with all new E-Class models, the Cabriolet comes with an extensive list of safety features, as well as pop-up roll-over bars and the companyâ€™s first use of headbag airbags.
The E-Class Cabriolet will be available in dealerships in May. Until then, check out the huge gallery of photos below.
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