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Unveiled: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Unveiled: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Unveiled: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

STUTTGART, Germany — Mercedes-Benz officially launched its new 2011 E-Class cabriolet today, an all-new drop top that was first spotted in full production form earlier this fall on the set of the upcoming Sex and the City movie sequel.

On sale in May 2010, the rear-wheel-drive cabriolet is identical in size to the 2010 E-Class Coupe and matches the coupe’s engine options: a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque for the E350 cabriolet and a 382-hp 5.5-liter V8 with 391 lb-ft for the E550 cab.

While the BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37 and Lexus IS have moved to retractable hardtops for their current models, Mercedes has elected to use a 0.9-inch-thick fabric roof for the E-Class convertible. Waterproof and windproof, Mercedes says the top can be “put through an automatic car wash without any hesitation.”

When open-air motoring is desired, the cabriolet roof folds into a special compartment behind the rear seat panel. A retractable cover separates the soft top compartment from the trunk area, and it must be closed in order to stow the roof. When the roof is closed, the cover can be slid rearwards, and trunk capacity increased by 3.17 cubic feet to 13.8 cubic feet. The E-Class coupe offers 15.9 cubes. A pass-through loading feature is included as standard equipment for the new cabriolet, as is Easy-Entry — a manually operated entry and exit aid for the rear passengers.

Passengers are also likely to appreciate Mercedes’ new AirCap, a feature that consists of two components: a wind deflector that extends from the top of the windshield by 2.4 inches and a draft-stop between the rear seats. AirCap reduces the draft at speeds up to 100 mph, making passengers more comfortable and able to hear each other talk when the top is down. Also present is Mercedes’ Airscarf, a feature first introduced on the SL roadster, which shoots warm air around the neck through directable outlets in the front passengers’ head restraints.

The E-Class convertible is also the first Mercedes cabrio to offer head airbags. Safety is increased by reinforced A-pillars and other braces.

Source: insideline

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