2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Cabriolet Review

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Cabriolet Review - The sun lies low on the desert horizon, the cactuses and trees are tossing long shadows, and the landscape is splashed with warm light. In less than 20 seconds, the softtop vanishes behind the rear seats, and the engine-- hardly noticeable-- springs to life. The start of an unwinded and indulgent drive into the Sonoran Desert?

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Cabriolet Review

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Cabriolet Review


This journey needs the utmost concentration: We are riding along on one of the last engineering drives for the Mercedes-Benz E-class convertible, a design Daimler calls the cabriolet. At the wheel is Christian Früh, advancement chief for the coupe and convertible C- and E-class designs. In another of a number of models on this drive, the pilot is Peter Kolb, screening chief for the brand-new designs.

The sun lies low on the desert horizon, the cactuses and trees are tossing long shadows, and the landscape is splashed with warm light. In less than 20 seconds, the softtop vanishes behind the rear seats, and the engine-- hardly noticeable-- springs to life. The start of an unwinded and indulgent drive into the Sonoran Desert?

This journey needs the utmost concentration: We are riding along on one of the last engineering drives for the Mercedes-Benz E-class convertible, a design Daimler calls the cabriolet. At the wheel is Christian Früh, advancement chief for the coupe and convertible C- and E-class designs. In another of a number of models on this drive, the pilot is Peter Kolb, screening chief for the brand-new designs.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Cabriolet Review

In the U.S., the convertible will be an E400, like the E-class coupe, powered by a twin-turbo V-6 fuel engine. Keep in mind that the day of V-8-- powered E-class convertibles appears to be previous, our fond memories of the E550 cabrio regardless of. Every E-class convertible will come with Daimler's own nine-speed standard automated.

Unlike the previous E-class convertible that was really developed on C-class architecture, the brand-new design is E-class from the ground up, with a greatly customized structure including braces under the engine and listed below the trunk to make up for the rigidness lost without a steel roofing. Utilizing the E-class platform makes it rather a bit bigger than the outbound design, which was the brand name's only four-seat convertible when presented.

While the open-top C-class looks muscular and compact, the E-class cabriolet's straight, unbroken lines provide it a more stylish, nearly Italianesque element. There is a fair bit more rear-seat area than in either the preceding-generation E- or today's C-class cabrio, so even extended journeys need to position no issue for rear-seat residents. When the multilayer roofing is raised, it separates the interior so well that the distinction from the coupe is hardly noticeable.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Cabriolet Review

The brand-new automobile's control panel transfers straight from the sedan with one essential modification: The cabriolet, like the E coupe, includes metal air vents looking like jet turbines, which aren't utilized in the sedan. Additional distinction originates from unique leather colors and light-colored open-pore wood decoration not used in the sedan. When subjected to the Southwestern environment, part of the point of this test drive in Arizona is discovering out how well these brand-new products hold up.

We weren't permitted behind the wheel at all, however evaluating from our passenger-seat vantage, the cabrio chassis appears responsive and extremely stiff to Früh's guiding inputs. Dexterity is not a standard strength of the mid-size Mercedes-Benz, however our impression is that the brand-new cabriolet will be every bit as responsive as the sedan, although its main objective is to be more comfy than the softtop C-class.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Cabriolet Review

Anticipate to see the E-class cabriolet exposed at the Geneva automobile program in March and in dealers late this year. The E-class, it appears to us, might be an unwinded and classy option amongst high-end droptops. We eagerly anticipate supporting the wheel in a couple of months.

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