Sitting 15 mm closer to the ground than the sedan, the Cabriolet retains the same basic silhouette as the Coupe, with the obvious difference being the fabric soft-top that can open and close at speeds up to 50 km/h in 20 seconds.
Available in four colour options, brown, blue, red and black, the roof structure features multi-layers of sound insulation materials to reduce wind noise, with additional equipment being Benz's Airscarf and Aircap wind deflector. Despite its newfound open-top glamour, boot space is rated at 310-litres with roof open and at 385-litres with the top up.
Made from aluminium and lightweight sheet steel, the E-class Cabriolet comes fitted as standard with Mercedes-Benz's Agility Control suspension and Dynamic Select with three modes; Comfort, Sport and Sport+, while the four mode (Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual) Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension can be had as an option.
The interior meanwhile mirrors that of the sedan and Coupe with base models coming equipped with a seven-inch instrument cluster and a 8.4-inch central display, while the impressive 12.3-inch TFT display with three different background colours, Classic, Sport and Progressive, can be had as an option. In addition, the Cabriolet can also be specified with a selection of wood and leather details, as well as a ambient lighting setup with 64 colours.
Up front, the Cabriolet remains mechanically unchanged from the sedan and Coupe with a choice of two turbocharged petrol engines and a single four-cylinder turbodiesel, all mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox.
In terms of petrol power, the base E300 serves up 180 kW and 370 Nm of torque from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, while the E400 comes powered by a 3.0-litre V6 developing 245 kW and 480 Nm of torque. Unlike its smaller sibling, the E400 comes with 4Matic all-wheel drive as standard. The sole oil burner in the range also serves as base model in the form of the E220d, whose 2.0-litre mill cranks out 143 kW and 400 Nm of torque.
|E220d Cabriolet||R919 500|
|E300 Cabriolet||R955 500|
|E400 Cabriolet 4Matic||R1 134 500|