Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, Here We Come—In Style

21 Dec 2009 | 1,220 views | No Comment
2011-mercedes-ecabriolet-front 2011-mercedes-ecabriolet-int 2011-mercedes-ecabriolet-back It’s here! Mercedes-Benz just released pictures and information on the newest addition to the E-Class family: The cabriolet. The word on this one is long awaited; we’ve gotten more questions about when it would be unveiled than just about any car we’ve covered in the last few months. As you might expect, it’s gorgeous. That much we know. But what makes this car interesting is that Mercedes is promoting it as a four season convertible, which suggests that pains have been take to ensure that you can indeed drive it all year. There are some features that will accommodate that. The cabriolet includes an all new “Aircap” automatic draft –stop. The system consists of a wind deflector that can be extended by around 2.4 inches with a net in the windscreen frame,  and a draft-stop between the rear seats. Mercedes’ news release says that it’s “always on board and easily controllable at the push of a button. It reduces turbulence substantially for all four seat occupants.” A number of years ago, Mercedes designed a system called “Airscarf,”  which was a neck level heating system, and that too, is installed on the new cabriolet. You’ll also have a soft top that includes extensive sound-dampening material, so your ride will also be a lot more pleasant. Mercedes also says that the top can be either raised or lowered in 20 seconds, and the system can be engaged at speeds up to 25 miles per hour.  You’ll also be happy to know that this is a true convertible; there’s no awkward steel roof here. If you’ve seen some of the out of proportion, and in some cases, plump looking convertibles that have resulted from reliance on steel tops, you’ll join me in rejoicing that Mercedes refrained from joining  the crowd. Power on the cabriolet comes from either a 268 horsepower powerplant in the E350 version, or a 382 horsepower engine in the E550. Safety won’t be a concern either, given that the cabriolet has roll-over protection,  A-pillars reinforced by two additional tubes and the plug-in B-pillars. This new model is also the first Mercedes cabriolet to feature headbags. Look for more information on pricing, fuel economy and other items as we draw closer to the May, 2010 on-sale date.

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