Mercedes launches E-Class Cabri­o­let

Grocott's Mail - - MOTORING - By SAM SPILLER

Fol­low­ing the launch of the Coupe’ vari­ant in the South African mar­ket ear­lier this year, Mercedes-Benz has widened its E-Class range with the launch of the Cabri­o­let.

Join­ing the sedan and coupe in the lux­ury lineup, the E-Class Cabri­o­let will ini­tially be avail­able with a choice of three en­gines, one diesel and two petrol, with the more­pow­er­ful petrol en­gine com­ing equipped with the Ger­man au­tomaker’s 4Matic all-wheeldrive sys­tem. The E220d makes use of a 4-cylin­der 2.0-litre turbo-diesel en­gine to pro­duce 143 kW and 400 Nm of torque, while the E300 utilises a 4-cylin­der 2.0-litre turbo-petrol, good for 180kW and 370Nm. E 400 drivers will ben­e­fit from a 6-cylin­der 3.0-litre turbo-petrol pow­er­train that pro­duces 245kW and 480Nm. The en­tire Cabri­o­let lineup comes equipped with a nine-speed au­to­matic gear­box as stan­dard.

The Cabri­o­let also makes use of an adap­tive, mul­ti­cham­ber air sus­pen­sion sys­tem, to pro­vide max­i­mum driv­ing com­fort, while the soft-top roof makes use of acous­tic fab­ric to limit wind and driv­ing noise. The roof can be elec­tron­i­cally raised and low­ered in 20 sec­onds at speeds of up to 50km/h, and folds back into a load­ing bay mea­sured at 385 litres with the roof up, ad 310 litres with it down.

Inside, the Cabri­o­let of­fers all the fea­tures and con­ve­niences of its E-Class sib­lings, with equip­ment such as two high-def­i­ni­tion 12.3-inch dis­plays that act as in­stru­ment clus­ter and in­fo­tain­ment in­ter­face, steer­ing wheel con- trols, touch-pad con­troller, heated seats all round, and heat-re­flec­tive leather uphol­stery. An op­tional fea­ture on the Cabri­o­let is AIR­CAP and AIRSCARF, which are de­signed to re­flect wind from the roof frame, and pro­vide neck­level heat­ing while driv­ing top-down. Safety is cov­ered by seven airbags, py­rotech­nic belt ten­sion­ers and belt force lim­iters, as well as a roll-over pro­tec­tion sys­tem de­signed to act as C-pil­lars in the case of an ac­ci­dent.

The Mercedes-Benz EClass Cabri­o­let comes stan­dard with a 2-year/un­lim­ited km war­ranty, and a six-year/ 100 000km main­te­nance plan.

Prices are as fol­lows: Mercedes-Benz E 220d Cabri­o­let – R919 500; Mercedes-Benz E 300 Cabri­o­let – R955 500; Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Cabri­o­let – R1 134 500

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The new Mercedes E-Class Cabri­o­let.

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