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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet First Look

Bigger and bolder

Bigger and bolder

Mercedes is rounding off its complete overhaul of the E-Class with a new cabriolet model bound for North American dealerships later this year. The convertible now offers all-wheel drive and receives many of the same updated technologies as its siblings.

Like the E-Class sedan, coupe, and wagon, the cabriolet has grown in size. It’s now 5.0 inches longer, 2.9 inches wider, and 1.4 inches taller than its predecessor while also expanding 4.4 inches in the wheelbase. Up front, you’ll notice the automaker’s new diamond-block grille, and in the rear slim taillights contribute to a sleeker rear design.

The model still features a fabric soft top, which the automaker says can be opened and closed in 20 seconds while driving at speeds up to 30 mph (48 km/h). When not in use, the top folds down completely into a compartment in the trunk.

Inside the cabin, the E-Class cabriolet offers uniquely designed circular air vents as well as the familiar 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as standard equipment. The unit, which made its debut on the E-Class sedan, merges the instrument gauges and infotainment system into one screen that floats above the dashboard. New buttons on the steering wheel help navigate radio and other infotainment functions, as does a center console-mounted touchpad that recognizes handwriting commands. Another new feature is the 50/50 folding rear-seat backrests, which create more space for through-loading. Inductive wireless phone charging, a neck-level heating system, massaging seats, and an AMG Line package with sporty body styling complete the list of the top goodies.

As you’d expect, Mercedes is offering a host of interior color options, including a Yacht Blue leather motif. As you might also expect, the E-Class offers the latest safety features including Active Brake Assist as well as evasive steering assist. Active Lane Change Assist helps drivers steer the vehicle into a desired open lane.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet will launch with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine. Like the previous version, the new E400 cabriolet makes 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic replaces the old seven-speed transmission, and buyers now have a choice between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. Mercedes hasn’t provided a 0–60-mph estimate for the new E400 cabriolet, but top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph (209 km/h).

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz makes its first appearance at the Geneva International Motor Show before heading to North American dealerships late in the year. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.