With 329 hp from a biturbo V6, this is more than just a roofless version of the E-Class sedan.
While convertibles normally conjure up images of warm weather and sunshine, Mercedes-Benz is using snowy, rainy, chilly Geneva as the place to debut its new E-Class Cabriolet. We've already told you the important details – heck, we've already gone for a ride in the thing. But seeing and sitting in the new droptop here in Switzerland proves that it's another chapter in Mercedes' history of making luxurious, stylish convertibles.
Unlike the E-Class sedan, which uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four in the E300 model, U.S. and Canadian customers will get the convertible in E400 guise. That means there's a 3.0-litre biturbo V6 underhood, good for 329 horsepower. Think of it as a detuned version of one of the Mercedes-AMG 43 cars. The company says this engine will help the four-seat convertible sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) from a standstill in 5.5 seconds. That's for the rear-wheel drive version, of course – the 4Matic all-wheel drive E-Class cab will take a little bit longer.
Once the soft top is down, the Aircap and Airscarf systems keep you warm and breeze-free while driving, encouraging roofless driving on colder days. Inside, there's nothing but pure E-Class luxury, with everything we already love from the sedan and coupe models. This is a seriously comfortable, plush interior, and the rear seats aren't completely useless for adults, either.
Look for the E-Class Cabriolet to arrive in Mercedes dealers closer to the end of the year. Pricing isn't available just yet, but we expect it to arrive somewhere around $65,000 (that's about $87,000 CAD) – not too far off from the current car.
See more live and official photos of the new E-Class Cabriolet in the gallery below.
Live photos: Motor1.com