2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet will be priced close to the CLK convertible

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2010

There have been reports about the pricing for the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-class Cabriolet. With the Cabriolet's bigger size and added equipment, it might come as a surprise to buyers that it is priced similarly to the smaller CLK convertible it replaces.

A spokesman revealed that Mercedes-Benz expects the E-class soft-top to be priced at about $56,000 for the V-6 E350 and about $65,000 for the V-8 E550 (which makes it about $8,000 more expensive than the coupe on which the Cabriolet is based).

Mercedes is keeping pricing information from the public until the Cabriolet goes on sale on May 10. A sedan and a coupe in the new-generation E-class family had been launched last June.

And this June, a station wagon goes on sale. Mercedes-Benz had preferred a fold-down soft top for the E-class convertible rather than a hard top. The CLK convertible and coupe were based on the smaller C class; however, they were discontinued at the end of the 2009 model year with the June launch of the new E-class coupe.

The Cabriolet, which uses the E-class coupe platform, is about 185 inches long. Comparably, it is seven inches shorter than the E-class sedan and two inches longer than the defunct CLK.

Christian Frueh, chief engineer for the coupe and convertible, said that despite its soft top, the new convertible is a "four seasons, four people" car primarily because of added comfort features.

Consumers are certain to love the fact that there is less wind turbulence for all four passengers. This is reduced by the Cabriolet's new electric wind deflector (aka air cap). The 2.5-inch deflector with a net is electronically controlled and is located on top of the windshield frame.

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