Pricing for the 2011 E-Class Cabriolet has been announced with the E350 Cabriolet, powered by a 268 hp V6, beginning at $67,900.
The 382 hp E550 Cabriolet will start from $77,500.
New features include:
• The standard AIRCAP automatic draft-stop: always on board and easily controllable at the push of a button, it significantly reduces turbulence inside the luxuriously appointed cabin for all four occupants;
• The modified AIRSCARF neck-level heating system;
• The sound-dampening soft top fitted as standard;
The fully automatic soft top can be opened and closed within 20 seconds — even when driving at speeds of up to 40 km/h.
The cabriolet roof is stowed in a special compartment behind the rear panel. A retractable cover separates the soft top compartment from the trunk area.
If the roof remains closed, the cover can be slid rearwards, which increases trunk capacity by 90 litres (3.17 cu. ft.) to 391 litres (13.8 cu. ft.).
A through-loading feature is also included as standard for the new Cabriolet, as is the EASY-ENTRY aid for rear passengers.
The power plants for the new E-Class Cabriolet are equally innovative: the engines combine efficiency with effortlessly superior power delivery.
The E350 Cabriolet is powered by a 268 hp V6 producing 258 lb/ft of torque, and the E550 Cabriolet develops 382 hp and 391 lb/ft of torque from the 5.5 litre V8.
Thanks to its sound-dampening soft top, even the closed E-Class Cabriolet has one of the quietest interiors in the segment for four-seater premium cabriolets with a fabric roof.
The soft top’s insulation provides a noticeable reduction in the interior noise level compared to conventional fabric soft tops. Exterior noise caused by other vehicles and wind noise are therefore absorbed more effectively.
The new E-Class Cabriolet offers the wealth of safety innovations one would expect from a Mercedes-Benz model. Highlights of the open-top two-door model include roll over protection, A-pillars reinforced by two additional tubes and plug-in B-pillars.
This new model is also the first Mercedes-Benz cabriolet to feature head bags