Six spy shots of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Cabrio have surfaced, showing the car with the top down for the first time. But what is that thing over the windshield?

Some new spy shots have emerged, featuring the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Cabrio with its top down.  Previous sets of spy shots have shown the cabrio with a soft top, riding alongside the E-Class Estate.  This is the first time the car has been seen with its top retracted.

With the top down, we can see the test car's unique air deflector.  Taking the shape of a mini-spoiler over the windscreen, the item is sure to cause a stir amongst Mercedes fans.  Should the piece stay on the final version of the car, it will likely polarize those interested in the E-class into two groups: one that likes the function, and one that hates the look.

Once slated for a 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show debut, the E-Class Coupe Cabrio has been rumored to be delayed because of the financial crisis.  Conflicting reports say the car could be shown on-schedule in Germany, or at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show as a 2011 model year vehicle.  Mercedes may show the E-Class wagon later in 2010 as a 2012 edition.