E- Class: This is open- top driv­ing with­out com­pro­mise

Bundaberg Style - - ON THE ROAD -

CLAS­SIC fab­ric-top ele­gance and mod­ern lux­ury com­bine with the new Mercedes-Benz drop-top.

Sched­uled to ar­rive next month, the Cabri­o­let com­pletes Mercedes’ new E-Class fam­ily. This is open-top driv­ing with­out com­pro­mise. Its large di­men­sions and four-seats, each able to ac­com­mo­date adults, of­fer op­u­lent trav­els all-year round.

All mod­els are equipped with an elec­tric draught-stop sys­tem as well as a neck-level heat­ing sys­tem – to en­hance com­fort in cool con­di­tions when driv­ing with the roof down.

When the soft top is up, the E-Class Cabri­o­let has a silhouette sim­i­lar to that of the Coupe. A strik­ing front sec­tion with a low-po­si­tioned di­a­mond ra­di­a­tor grille and cen­trally lo­cated star, a drawn-out bon­net with pow­er­domes and fully-re­tractable side win­dows un­der­line the dy­namism of the con­vert­ible.

A fully au­to­matic acous­tic soft top comes as stan­dard and can be fully opened and closed in 20 se­conds when trav­el­ling at a speed of up to 50kmh.

Like its E-Class sib­lings, in­side there are two high-res­o­lu­tion 12.3-inch dis­plays which merge be­neath a shared glass cover to cre­ate a widescreen that ap­pears to be float­ing in thin air.

Com­pared with its pre­de­ces­sor, the new E-Class Cabri­o­let has grown in length, width and wheel­base.

Two mod­els will be avail­able, the E300 pow­ered by a 180kW tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine (priced from $123,500) while the E400 sends power to all four wheels from a 3.0-litre bi-turbo six-cylin­der good for 245kW (from $157,500).

The new E-Class Cabri­o­let, a full-sized four-seater with a clas­sic fab­ric soft top.

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