Mercedes presented the new generation of the E-Class Cabriolet, which will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor show, next week. The car has a fabric roof that opens and closes within 20 seconds, at speeds up to 50 km/h, with the design of the rear lights to be borrowed from the E-Class coupe.
The E-Class Cabriolet is based on the MRA platform and it is available with the same engines as the E-Class Sedan and the E-Class Coupe. The entry-level model will be the E200d that will be equipped with 2.0-liter diesel engine producing 194 hp, higher on the range there will be the E400 4Matic that will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine producing 333 hp with 480 Nm of torque, with the power passing on the road via all the wheels. All engines are combined exclusively with a 9-speed 9G-TRONIC gearbox.
Later Mercedes will add a new 3.0-liter engine with turbo and an electric compressor that will produce 450 hp on the E50 version, with the E43, E63 and E63 C Cabriolet to be added later.
The luxurious interior of the car, has new vents, new floor mats, a leather upholstery and dual digital monitors of 12.3 inches. The simple version will have a conventional, analog instrument panel combined with a 7-inch screen, while in the center console there will be a 8.4-inch screen. The E-Class Cabriolet has touch controls on the steering wheel, which work just like the screen of a smart phone.
The car will have an interior lighting system with 64 different colors and also a Burmester 3D sound system. Sales of the E-Class Cabriolet will begin in the second half of the year.