2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Unveiled
Getting its official reveal in Geneva, the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet fills out the German automaker's midsize range. This open top sibling to the new 2018 E-Class Coupe that debuted earlie in Detroit loses its C-Class/E-Class hybrid structure and now shares all of its platform with the current W123-generation E-Class. Along with adding some five inches to its overall length, that transition also extends its wheelbase 4.4 inches which makes packaging more passenger-friendly. Wider and front and rear tracks enhance overall handling. Offered for the first time with 4Matic all-wheel drive, the new E-Class Cabriolet is now a more capable all-season cruiser.
Aimed at buyers considering the BMW 6 Series Convertible, this newest E-Class variant will be offered in E400 and E400 4Matic versions when it arrives in late 2017. Both will be fitted with M-B’s 3.0-liter Biturbo V6 that makes 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque with a 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic. The new Cabriolet comes with 18-inch alloy wheels and offers an optional sport suspension with adjustable dampers and an Air Body Control full air suspension that also includes adaptive dampers.
While almost identical to the E-Class Coupe below its shoulder line, the new Cabriolet is crowned with a premium fabric top that borrows much from the new S-Class Cabrio. Available in dark brown, dark blue, red or black, this multi-layer automatic lid can be cycled in 20 seconds at vehicle speeds up to 30 mph. When dropped, it's covered by a hard tonneau. The Cabriolet’s cabin features a 12.3-inch center display with Comand Navigation and four individual seats. The leather upholstery has a heat-reflecting finish and both Airscarf neck-warming and Aircap wind blocking technology is available.
As would be expected, the new E400/E400 4Matic Cabriolet models come with or offer a complete suite of safety/driver assist items from adaptive cruise control to autonomous emergency braking. In addition to a special 25th Anniversary Edition that commemorates the first M-B 300 CE-24 drop-top with special color and trim elements, options include a head-up display, AMG Line appearance package and inductive wireless phone charging. Pricing for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 and E400 4Matic Cabriolet will be announced later.
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