Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet makes 2010 debut
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet finally joins the redesigned E-Class line-up for next year. The open-top two-door model, which goes on sale in the first quarter of 2010 in the GCC, will be introduced as a 2010 or a 2011 model, depending on the market.
Engine choices are pretty much the same as those offered in the E-Class Coupe, with models such as the E 350 and the E 500, with more on the way later, but no AMG variants.
The soft top can be opened and closed fully automatically within 20 seconds, even when driving at speeds of up to 40 kph. If the roof is up, luggage boot capacity is increased by 90 litres to 390 litres. A rear-seat “through-loading” feature is included as standard for the new Cabriolet, as is “EASY-ENTRY,” a manually operated entry and exit aid for the rear passengers.
A new invention is the “AIRCAP” automatic draught-stop, which can be activated at the push of a button, greatly reducing turbulence in the interior of the new Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet. It consists of two components, namely the top windscreen frame that extends by around 60 mm with a net in between, and a regular wind-deflector between the rear seats. It can be activated at speeds of up to 160 kph and remains in use right up to the car’s top speed, and reduces the interior noise level with the roof down.
The soft top also has high-quality insulation for a supposedly noticeable reduction in the interior noise level compared to conventional fabric soft tops.
Safety highlights of the open-top two-door model include roll-over protection, the A-pillars reinforced by two additional tubes and the “plug-in” B-pillars. This new model is also the first Mercedes-Benz cabriolet to feature headbags. Further safety equipment for the E-Class Cabriolet includes “ATTENTION ASSIST” drowsiness detection, “PRE-SAFE” anticipatory occupant protection, the “Intelligent Light” system with turning function, the “Active Bonnet” to bounce off stupid pedestrians, and the “DISTRONIC PLUS” adaptive cruise control.
For detailed engine specs and UAE prices for the existing range, check out the Mercedes-Benz E-Class buyer guide.