The E-Class Cabriolet is an open four-seater with a classic fabric soft-top, combining stylish design with long-distance comfort for four occupants and the latest technology.
The new Cabriolet is the fifth and youngest member of Mercedes-Benz’s E‑Class family, which has been renewed entirely within the space of one year. It is a car that is easy on the eye, with elongated, sculpted shoulders and two-piece slim LED tail lamps to emphasise the character of the four-seater. Car designers are always looking for little touches that will give them a one-up on competitors, and the E-Class Cabriolet is no different: the tail lamps are designed to exude a light reminiscent of the glow given off by a jet engine, and as a new feature, the tail lamps also put on a special light show for the driver when they approach or leave the car.
The fabric soft top is available in the colours dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black, and a fully automatic acoustic soft top comes as standard. It has a multi-layered structure with advanced insulation to reduce 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 has an equally positive effect when it comes to climate comfort and makes the Cabriolet suitable for use all year round. Derived from the S-Class Cabriolet, the soft top also meets high quality standards in terms of durability and operation. It can be fully opened and closed in 20 seconds when travelling at a speed of up to 50 km/h.
The E-Class Cabriolet is equally as nice inside, and a range of high-quality materials and finish emphasise the car’s stylish character. There are two options with the high-resolution 12.3-inch displays, and drivers can also choose from three different styles for the virtual instruments in the instrument cluster: classic, sport and progressive. Drivers also have multiple options for operating the instrument cluster, multimedia system and other functions: touch controls in the steering wheel for finger-swipe control, a touchpad that recognises handwriting and the controller in the centre console, as well as voice control and direct-access buttons for controlling the likes of the air conditioning and certain driver assistance systems.
“If a rollover is imminent, these cartridges are pyrotechnically fired, whereupon they shoot out to provide a survival space together with the A-pillar”
The seats are among the most comfortable in the E-Class Cabriolet’s class, and they feature sturdy side bolsters, integrated head restraints and optional “air scarf” neck-level heating (which circulates warm air around the neck area when temperatures are low outside) while the rear seats are also heated. There are five colours available for the heat reflecting leather seats, and also nine different trim options to choose from, including two pale finishes in innovative high-gloss open-pore wood.
The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable LED technology. The same applies to the optionally available enhanced ambient lighting with 64 colours and a special feature in the shape of a rear light in the roof liner of the cabriolet soft-top.
The E-Class Cabriolet is available in a choice of petrol and diesel engines, including versions with “4MATIC” permanent all-wheel drive for the first time. As standard, all models are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which allows fast gearshifts and lower engine speeds. This has a particularly beneficial effect on efficiency and noise.
In a cabriolet, the lack of a roof often results in reduced body rigidity. Mercedes’ engineers employed specific measures to counteract this during development – such as making the bodyshell structures at the front end and on the floor exceptionally stiff, allowing for better driving dynamics. The lightweight aluminium hybrid construction has been retained, while most of the bodyshell components are made of die-cast aluminium and sheet steel. The front wings, bonnet and boot lid are made of sheet aluminium. So the Cabriolet not only meets all current national and international crash requirements, but also more stringent internal Mercedes-Benz safety standards, which are based on what actually happens in real-life accidents.
“With cars such as the E-Class Cabriolet, it is often the small touches that count in making it a pleasure to live with, and one of the optional extras is something Mercedes calls its ‘magic vision control'”
For example, the roll-over protection system has been developed specifically for the Cabriolet. It consists of two cartridges that are retracted behind the rear seats and therefore invisible. If a rollover is imminent, these cartridges are pyrotechnically fired, whereupon they shoot out to provide a survival space together with the A-pillar.
With cars such as the E-Class Cabriolet, it is often the small touches that count in making it a pleasure to live with, and one of the optional extras is something Mercedes calls its “magic vision control”. It’s not real magic, but an intelligent and efficient wash/wipe system for the windscreen. Its water ducts are integrated into both sides of the wiper blade and supply the cleaning fluid to a point just in front of the wiper blade lip every time, according to the direction of movement of the wiper. It allows ideal cleaning of the windscreen without the familiar splash of water that can briefly disrupt the driver’s field of view. Furthermore, when the soft top is down, an electronic control system reduces the amount of water, supplying the required amount of water to a point just in front of the wiper blade lip. This means the windscreen can be conveniently cleaned at any speed and with the roof open – without any of the water spraying into the vehicle interior – which is a potentially and decidedly unpleasant experience for driver and occupants.
If you’re in the market for a soft-top convertible that has the edge on luxury, overall, Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class Cabriolet is a very well thought out and put together package.