The new executive droptop will debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Nestled among numerous other Mercedes debuts at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the all-new E-Class Cabriolet is the latest addition to the manufacturer’s recast W213-generation midsize segment. Not surprisingly, it pretty much looks just like the prototype cabrio we drove about a month ago in Arizona, minus the few bits of camouflage still festooned to the pre-production car that, as far as we can tell, didn’t really hide anything revolutionary.

Compared to the previous-generation car, the new droptop is a touch longer at 4826mm and wider at 1860mm. It’s a bit higher as well, though it sits around 15mm lower than the current E-Class saloon. Optional adjustable dampers offer a wide range of settings, while multi-chamber air suspension offers three firmness settings to accommodate cruising or B-road blasting. The optional Dynamic Select system allows drivers to customise everything from suspension settings to throttle response and gearshift points.

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The cabrio gets the same 329-horsepower, 3.0-litre biturbo V6 and 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic found in the E-Class Coupe. As with its convertible C-Class and S-Class siblings, power can be shuffled to either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive platforms. Mercedes hasn’t released performance figures, but we estimate rear-wheel drive models to reach 62 miles per hour in roughly 5.5 seconds. Expect the all-wheel drive version to take a bit longer.

There are no real surprises inside the cabrio, which pulls directly from the coupe for inspiration. That means jet-inspired air vents, LED ambient lighting with 64 colours, numerous colour choices for leather, even more choices for interior trim, and a suite of Mercedes luxury that includes the standard 12.3-inch display, or an optional digital instrument cluster. Should you desire a chilly top-down sprint across town, the manufacturer’s Aircap and Airscarf systems are available to both deflect wind and keep warm air nestled in the cabin. Our time in the cabrio prototype didn’t involve cold weather, but we can attest to the lack of wind in the cabin with the roof down.

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The big news obviously is the fabric soft top, which gives the cabrio all the coupe’s sex appeal when up and plenty of smooth Mercedes style when down. The roof retracts in less than 20 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 30 mph. The top is available in four colours – dark brown, dark blue, red, or black – and it’s protected in the 385-litre boot via retractable cover when down (reducing boot capacity slightly, to 310 litres).

Pricing hasn’t been released, but it shouldn't stray too far from the current model’s £42,045 tag. A special 25th Anniversary model that Mercedes says is “aimed primarily at collectors” will feature numerous aesthetic upgrades and likely cost a fair chunk more: sadly, it's not coming to the UK. The E-Class Cabriolet will be available in the UK by the end of the year.

 

Source: Mercedes-Benz

 

 

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