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Masterpiece of modern open-top driving

The new E-Class Cabriolet

  • Mercedes-Benz is completing its E-Class family with the new E-Class Cabriolet
  • The open-top four-seater combines sensual design with long-distance comfort and the latest E-Class technology
  • For the first time, the E 400 Cabriolet will be offered with 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • Comprehensive smartphone integration includes wireless charging, a widescreen cockpit and the latest assistance systems
  • The soft top roof can be fully opened and closed in 20 seconds when travelling at a speed of up to 50 km/h
  • The optional AIRCAP and AIRSCARF neck-level heating system enhance open-air comfort
  • Mercedes-Benz is honouring 25 years of its first E-Class Cabriolet by launching a special edition available from launch – the E-Class Cabriolet "25th Anniversary" model is aimed at collectors

25 years after the launch of the first Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, the latest edition of this winning model promises even more style, comfort, space and intelligence than its predecessors. As the newest member of Mercedes-Benz’s new E-Class family, the four-seat cabriolet, with its classic fabric soft top, combines puristic, sensuous design with long-distance comfort and the latest technology.

“The new E-Class Cabriolet is the third and youngest member of Mercedes-Benz's E Class family in the region. It is the definitive car for enjoying open air freedom in luxurious comfort and ultimate style – and there is no driving experience quite like it,” said Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing & Communications, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East. Hot ‘elegance’ and cool ‘intelligence’ design

When the soft top is up, the E-Class Cabriolet has a silhouette similar to that of the E-Class Coupé and displays the same expressive proportions. The close ties between the two models are likewise apparent in the pure design, with an emphasis on surfaces with clean lines and sensuous forms. The ‘hot and cool’ design idiom, representing both elegance and intelligence, is what shapes the appearance of the Cabriolet, and informs its unique character – most particularly when the soft top is down.

A striking front section with a low-positioned diamond radiator grille and centrally located star, LED High Performance headlamps (or optional high-resolution MULTIBEAM LED headlamps), a drawn-out bonnet with powerdomes and fully retractable side windows underline the dynamism of the Cabriolet. The soft top flows harmoniously into the muscular-looking rear. Its lengthened, sculpted shoulders and two-piece, extremely slim LED tail lamps emphasise the sporty character of the four-seater. In addition to this, the tail lamps exude a brilliance reminiscent of the glow given off by a jet engine. As a new feature, the tail lamps also put on a special light show for the driver when they approach or leave the car. v With the roof open, the harmony between exterior and interior design becomes apparent, uniquely accentuating the high-quality details. Its external entity comprises of polished aluminium (AMG Line in matt aluminium is GCC standard) with a trim frame on the A-pillar and a wide trim finish that surrounds the soft-top compartment. The third brake lamp with clear-lens cover is harmoniously integrated into this frame.

Premium-class fabric soft top

The fully automatic acoustic fabric soft top is available in dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black. Its multi-layered structure with sophisticated insulation reduces wind and driving noise, which makes it easy for 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. 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) ensures excellent everyday practicality, as do the all-new 50:50 folding rear seat backrests that create a through-loading feature in the interior.

Interior – sophisticated style and sporty luxury

The exceptionally high-quality materials and finish emphasise the car's sporty, stylish character and exude outstanding high-class appeal. The attractive interiors in Yacht Blue in combination with Macchiato Beige, lend the Cabriolet a cool, exclusive yachting look. The optional interiors include five different leather colours. There are also nine different trim options to choose from, including two in innovative high-gloss open-pore wood.

The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. 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, are GCC standard.

A unique selling point in this segment, and optionally available, are the dual high-resolution 12.3-inch/31.2 cm displays (1920 x 720 pixel resolution) that merge beneath a shared glass cover to create a widescreen that appears to be floating in thin air, but nevertheless blends in smoothly between the upper and lower sections of the cockpit. The driver can choose from three different styles for the virtual instruments in the instrument cluster: "Classic", "Sport" and "Progressive".

The driver has multiple options for operating the instrument cluster, multimedia system and other functions: touch controls on the steering wheel for finger-swipe control, a touchpad that recognises handwriting and the controller in the centre console, LINGUATRONIC voice control and direct-access buttons for controlling elements such as the air conditioning and activation and deactivation of certain driver assistance systems.

Open-air comfort

Customers opting for a cabriolet enjoy driving with the top down as often as possible. Maximum open-air comfort is possible in the E-Class Cabriolet thanks to the optional AIRCAP and AIRSCARF neck-level heating, which make the fresh air much more enjoyable. The AIRCAP system was developed specifically for Mercedes-Benz cabriolets, and consists of an electric wind deflector module discreetly integrated into the roof frame and an electric wind blocker behind the rear seats.

Larger and more luxurious

Compared with its predecessor, the new E-Class Cabriolet has grown in length, width and wheelbase; the principal beneficiary of the wider track, with 1605 mm at the front (+67 mm) and 1609 mm at the rear (+68 mm), is the driving dynamics. Its considerably larger "footprint" also benefits passengers, with each of the four high-quality seats – which all feel like individual seats in their own right – offering true comfort even on long journeys. Suspensions to satisfy every driver's desires The suspension on the new E-Class Cabriolet is designed to offer agile driving pleasure as well as a highly comfortable ride. Comfort-tuned DIRECT CONTROL suspension with an amplitude-dependent damping system, which is 15 millimetres lower than the Sedan's suspension, is fitted as standard.

The likewise lowered DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL suspension with adjustable damping is available as an optional extra. With this suspension, the driver can modify the vehicle's damping characteristics using the switch for the DYNAMIC SELECT system. There is a wide range of adjustment options available between the "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport+" modes. The Cabriolet also has the option of AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension, as already seen on the E-Class Sedan. Thanks to three chambers of different size in the spring struts of the rear axle and two in the spring struts of the front axle, the driver can control the hardness of the suspension in three stages. In this way, the occupants enjoy soft basic suspension, along with the secure feeling of good handling stability at higher speeds.

Safe protection

Optimum protection is assured in the new E-Class Cabriolet thanks to the high structural safety of the body and the extensive array of restraint systems in the new model. These include:

  • Pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters on all front and rear seats
  • PRE-SAFE® reversible belt tensioner on the front seats
  • Front airbags for driver and passenger
  • A kneebag on the driver's side
  • Thorax/pelvis bags for driver and front passenger
  • Optional: curtain airbags integrated into the top edge of the front door panels to protect the head in the event of severe side impacts (headbags)
  • Optional: sidebags in the rear

The roll-over protection system has been developed specifically for the Cabriolet. It consists of two cartridges that are fully retracted behind the rear seats and therefore invisible. If a roll-over is imminent, these cartridges are pyrotechnically fired, whereupon they shoot out to provide a survival space together with the A-pillar.

All the E-Class innovations on-boardv As a member of the current E-Class family, the new Cabriolet offers all the familiar features from the E-Class Sedan and Coupé. Active Brake Assist comes as standard. It is able to warn the driver of an imminent collision, provide optimum support with emergency braking and, if necessary, also autonomously apply the brakes. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing in the danger zone ahead of the vehicle.

Other highlights include the Driving Assistance package with enhanced Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist: on all roads, it is not only able to keep the car the correct distance behind vehicles in front, for the first time it can also follow them automatically at a speed of up to 210 km/h.

MAGIC VISION CONTROL with Cabriolet function

Optional extras include MAGIC VISION CONTROL - the intelligent and highly efficient wash/wipe system for the windscreen. Its water ducts, integrated into both sides of the wiper blade, 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. When the soft top is down, the Cabriolet’s electronic control system reduces the amount of water. In this way, the windscreen can be conveniently cleaned at any speed and with the roof open - without any of the water spraying into the vehicle interior.

AMG Line as standard for GCC

The AMG Line comes as standard in the GCC region. The bumpers, side skirts and larger wheels come with AMG styling – the wheels come at a standard 19 inches instead of 17. The dots in the diamond radiator grille are chrome-plated, while the brake discs on the front axle are perforated. The interior boasts such features as seats in high-grade ARTICO/DINAMICA in black with grey contrasting topstitching, the Seat Comfort package and an AMG leather sports steering wheel.

Full smartphone integration

The optional COMAND online infotainment system heralds a new era in networking and digitalisation. It enables effortless integration of the smartphone into the infotainment system by means of wireless charging. If the vehicle is equipped with COMAND Online, it is possible to use Apple's smartphone-based infotainment system CarPlay® as well as Google's Android Auto™. The infotainment system Audio 20 USB is available as an alternative to COMAND Online.

A proud history: the ‘25th Anniversary’ special edition

In celebration of the E-Class Cabriolet’s anniversary, Mercedes-Benz has created a 25th Anniversary special edition, available for purchase on request and aimed primarily at collectors and lovers of unique cars. Special features include 20-inch, 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels, the Cabriolet Comfort package, Natural Grain Light Brown Elm wood trim, illuminated door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering, velour floor mats with “25th Anniversary Edition” embroidery and the MAGIC VISION CONTROL system.

Technical informationv All models are equipped with the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, which allows fast gearshifts and lower engine speeds, and has a beneficial effect on efficiency and noise.

 

E200 E300  E400 4MATIC
Cylinders/arrangement 4/in-line 4/in-line  6V 
Displacement (cc) 1991 1991  2996
Output (kW/hp) at rpm 135/184 at 5500 180/245 at 5500  245/333 at 5250 – 6000 
Peak torque (Nm) at rpm 300 at 1200 - 4000 370 at 1400 – 4000   480 at 1600 – 4000
Consumption (l/100 km) 6.2  6.8  8.3
CO2 emissions1 (g/km)2 142  154  187

1NEDC combined.

The E-Class Cabriolet model will be available in the GCC from October 2017, with prices starting from 63,750 USD.

 

Contacts:

Lennart Mueller-Teut
Head of Marketing & Communications
Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East
Phone: +971 (0)4 806 5088
Email: [email protected]


Mutaz Albadri
Regional Account Director
Mojo PR
Phone: +971 (0)50 570 6785
Email: [email protected] 

 

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