We have a full roundup of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, set to hit the market in early 2010. Details and photos inside.
Daimler has dropped the official word about the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet. The two-door car, available with seven engine configurations in Europe, will go on sale from January 11.
Despite going on sale early next year, the company still says that the market launch will take place in March. This will be timed both for the Geneva Motor Show, but also for the beginning of the all-important convertible season.
Six of the models - E200 CGI, E250 CGI, E350 CGI, E220 CDI, E250 CDI, E350 CDI - come with the BlueEFFICIENCY moniker. The diesels range from 170 to 231 horsepower, while the petrol engines start at 184 hp on up to 292 hp. The E500 gets the benefit of 388 horsepower, likely generated from a 5.5-liter V8 unit.
One of the innovations seen on the car is the new AirCap system. With a button push, the passengers sitting in the four individual seats will notice a reduction in turbulence and noise, and an increase in warm air thanks to AirScarf. This is very useful when the soft top is taken down, a task that takes less than 20 seconds and can be completed at speeds up to 40 km/h (25 mph).
When the weather does not suit open-air driving, the "all-year-round" car makes use of an acoustic soft top, which keeps the interior comfortably quiet up to 200 km/h (124 mph). It makes good use of insulation, bringing the thickness to 23.5 mm, and keeping the interior warm even in the winter.
Seven airbags, thick dual rollover bars, and tilt sensor are all included in the safety features. Crash-responsive head restraints are standard at the front only.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is the fourth E-Class model. It joins the Saloon, Coupé, and recently-launched Wagon. You can read a great deal more about the convertible in the press release below.