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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Year 2011
Engine 3.5 litre V6 / 5.5 litre V8
Transmission RWD
Max speed -
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 268 hp (V6) / 382 hp (V8
weight -

To further diversify their ever growing lineup of models Mercedes has developed a convertible version of the E-Class.

Based on the E-Class Coupe, the 2011 E-Class Cabriolet will take over from the CLK convertible and bring a slightly more premium and contemporary style to the market.

It's not a pretty car but then potential buyers probably aren't the type to be too bothered about having the best looking convertible on the block. Instead what the E-Class Cabriolet will do is offer a quality product with sturdy build quality and impressive longevity. As expected from a company like Mercedes it's also packed with technology designed to make the lives of the driver and passenger as comfortable as possible.

In keeping with the motto "four seasons, four personalities", all-year-round suitability was right at the top of the designer's and engineer's list of priorities. With the new E-Class Cabriolet, the cabriolet season lasts the whole year because, while many cabriolets tend to disappear from the roads in the Fall, the E-Class Cabriolet provides driving pleasure and comfort whether the roof is open or closed.

To help keep passengers warm in less than ideal conditions for a convertible car the E-Class Cabriolet features the AIRCAP automatic draft-stop system which at the push of a button reduces turbulence substantially for all four seat occupants. The AIRSCARF system provides neck-level heating.

The soft top can be opened and closed fully automatically within 20 seconds – even when driving at speeds of up to 25mph. 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; it must be closed in order to close the soft top. If the roof is to remain closed, the cover can be slid rearwards, in which case the trunk capacity is increased by 3.17 cu. ft. to 13.8 cu. ft. A through-loading feature is included as standard for the new Cabriolet, as is EASY-ENTRY – a manually operated entry and exit aid for the rear passengers.

The new 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, the 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.

The roll-over protection consists of two robust bars, each with a diameter of 1.4 inches, which are housed in the rear head restraints in modules behind the rear seat backrests. A tilting cone sensor detects imminent danger to the occupants based on extreme skidding movements or acceleration caused by impact. If this sensor then sends a corresponding signal, pre-tensioned pressure springs are activated by pyrotechnic means, i.e. extremely quickly.

Consequently, both roll-over bars in the rear head restraints are extended. They reach their highest point and are locked automatically within a fraction of a second. In combination with the robust A-pillars, each of which is reinforced with two high-strength steel tubes, the steel bars provide highly effective roll-over protection.

The plug-in B-pillars are extremely robustly connected as they engage in the side skirts, thus offering highly effective protection in the event of a crash. A shoe made from ultra-high-strength steel braces the inside of the B-pillar against the rear seat crossmember.

With seven airbags fitted as standard, belt tensioners and belt force limiters for all seats, not to mention crash-responsive head restraints for the driver and front passenger, the new E-Class Cabriolet offers the most extensive safety equipment package in this vehicle category. The airbags, which can deploy in milliseconds in the event of an accident, include front airbags and sidebags for the driver and front passenger, a kneebag on the driver's side, and headbags. The latter, which appear in a Mercedes cabriolet for the first time, are housed in the door panelling in the beltline area. Covering a wide area around 2.3 1.6 feet with a volume of 17 liters when deployed the airbags provide extremely effective protection for occupants large and small in the event of a crash. The three-part side protection system comprising headbag and thoraxbag optimises the level of protection afforded to individual parts of the body. Rear sidebags are available as an option.

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