Soft-Top Cruising: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet 2018

This four-seater with a classic fabric soft-top combines sensuous design with unbeatable comfort for four occupants and the latest technology

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Mercedes-Benz’s newest 2018 Cabriolet is the fifth member of its E-Class convertibles. Aside from being entirely renewed within the space of a year, Mercedes-Benz is continuing its tradition of high-calibre cabriolets with a classic fabric soft-top. When the top is up, the E-Class Cabriolet has a silhouette similar to that of the E-Class Coupé. The close ties between the two models are apparent in their shared design language.

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 dynamic looks of the Cabriolet. The tail-lights resemble the glow given off by a jet engine. As a new feature, the tail-lights also put on a special show for the driver when they approach or leave the car.

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A visual entity comprising anodised, polished aluminium (AMG Line in matt aluminium) is created by the trim frame on the A-pillars and front windscreen along with the shoulder-line trim strip and a wide trim finish that surrounds the soft-top compartment. The third brake light is integrated into this frame.

The fully automatic 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 the occupants to hear each other talk, even when driving at high speeds. Derived from that of 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 50km/h.

The upper section of the dashboard appears to be hovering, while the cabin’s high-quality finish emphasises the car’s sporty, stylish character.

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Compared with its predecessor, the new E-Class Cabriolet has grown in length, width and wheelbase. The main benefit of the wider tracks, with 1605mm at the front (+67mm) and 1609mm at the rear (+68mm), is the driving dynamics. Its considerably larger “footprint” benefits passengers in the rear in particular. On each of the four high-quality seats, which all feel like individual seats in their own right, the driver and passengers will be able to enjoy true comfort even on long journeys.

The E-Class Cabriolet will be initially available in a choice of powerful, efficient petrol and diesel engines, including versions with 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive for the first time. Further engines will be added to the line-up in due course. As standard, all models are equipped with the 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission, which allows fast gearshifts and lower engine speeds.

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Story originally appeared on Torque.

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