Future Models - Mercedes-Benz 2017 E-Class
Cabriolet joins Mercedes’ E-Class range
Life’s a breeze: The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is larger than its predecessor and will arrive in Australia in the third quarter of the year.
Quarter three Australian launch for Mercedes-Benz E-Class drop-top
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2 March 2017
MERCEDES-BENZ has unveiled the new E-Class Cabriolet ahead of its Australian
arrival in the third quarter, featuring the soft-top borrowed from the S-Class
and increased dimensions all round for more cabin space.
The fabric soft-top can be opened and closed in 20 seconds up to 50km/h and is
designed to help reduce wind and driving noise
Benz is offering the roof in four colours – dark brown, dark blue, dark red or
When opened, it takes up 75 litres of the E-Class Cabriolet’s 385L boot, which
can be increased with a through-loading feature that folds the 50:50 rear seats
forward to accommodate bulky items.
The new model has grown substantially over the outgoing model, which is
unsurprising given it was based on the same platform as the previous-generation
It has increased 123mm in length, 74mm in width and 30mm in height, with the
wheelbase growing by 113mm and track width by 67mm at the front and 68mm at the
This has resulted in 102mm extra rear legroom, while front passengers get an
extra 15mm of headroom, 50mm of shoulder room and 38mm of elbow room.
Suspension has been lowered by 15mm over the sedan, while multi-chambered
adjustable air suspension is available as an option which can change between
Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual mode.
The Cabrio gets the new-gen E-Class’ interior, which includes a pair of
optional 12.3-inch displays that merge the instrument cluster with the
infotainment screen for a super-long display screen.
It borrows the turbine-style air vents from the Coupe version, with a large
wood panel running across the dash and separating the rest of the
The Aircap and Airscarf system that allows for open-top driving even in the
cold are available as options.
Aircap uses a wind deflector module integrated into the roof frame that reduces
cabin turbulence, while Airscarf blows warm air onto the occupant’s necks to
keep them warm in colder weather.
Safety tech includes active brake assist, five airbags with optional curtain
airbags and rear sidebags, and a roll-over protection system.
Powertrains are yet to be confirmed, but a combination of petrol and
diesel-powered four- and six-cylinder engines from the Coupe range are the most
In Europe at least, that is likely to mean a choice of 143kW/400Nm E220d
diesel, 135kW/300Nm entry-level turbo-petrol E200, the mid-range 180kW/370Nm
petrol E300 and flagship – for now – V6 petrol all-wheel-drive 245kW/480Nm E400
All engines are confirmed to use nine-speed automatic transmissions. A
fire-breathing E63 AMG variant is likely at some point.
The current E-Class Cabriolet range uses 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engines in the
E200 and E250 variants, with a twin-turbo petrol V6 E400 topping the range.
More information including pricing and specification will be revealed closer to
its release date in the third quarter.