After weeks of having only spyshots and tiny bits of information, an extensive gallery of the new E-Class Cabrio is now available to our great relief. The E-Class Cabrio is Mercedes' newest soft-top, which will go on sale in January.
It comes with a comprehensive line of engines. The five versions of the Cabrio are the following: E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY(150 kW/204 hp), E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY (170 kW/231 hp), E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY (150 kW/204 hp), E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY (215 kW/292 hp) and the E 500 (285 kW/388 hp).
The Cabrio's roof has an amazing quality of opening and closing fully automatically within 20 seconds, at speeds of up to 40 km/h.
The car's performances, as well as the passengers' comfort, are insured by the use of Mercedes' AIRCAP automatic draught-stop, a new system which is used to reduce turbulence in the interior. Mercedes-Benz said that a hands-free phone conversation is possible at speeds of up to 200 km/h.
Mercedes-Benz explained that the AIRCAP creates "a sea of warm air" inside, by using its two components: a wind deflector that can be extended by around six centimeters with a net in the windscreen frame and a draught-stop between the rear seats.
The soft top is equipped with ABS and ESP, with roll-over protection, seven airbags and drowsiness detection.
As expected from any Mercedes-Benz release, the latest Cabriolet has a number of outstanding safety innovations. Some of the safety features include the plug-in B-pillars, the two tubes that reinforce the A-pillars, and even roll-overprotection. This new two-door open-top model is in fact the first Cabriolet from the brand to offer headbags.
The roll-over protection in particular is due to the two 1.4-inch diameter bars that have been placed in the rear head restraints through modules at the back of its rear seat backrests. What happens is that a tilting cone sensor identifies the potential danger to occupants by basing it on the extreme skidding movements or even the acceleration that happens during impact.
Once the sensor confirms this, it then sends a signal which activates the pre-tensioned pressure springs through pyrotechnic means. Additionally the two roll-over bars placed in the restraints of the rear head have been extended so that it reaches the highest point which then automatically locks by just a fraction of a second.
Since the robust A-pillars have both been reinforced using high-strength steel tubes, combining this with the steel bars results in a very good roll-over protection. Since the plug-in B-pillars in the side skirts manage to be strongly connected as they engage, they give better protection when a crash occurs.
A shoe composed of ultra-high-strength steel props the B-pillar against the crossmember of the rear seat. In addition to the standard seven airbags, all the seats have belt force limiters and belt tensioners. The head restraints of the driver and front passenger are crash responsive.
As such, the E-Class Cabriolet has the most wide-ranging safety equipment package for its category. In case an accident occurs, the airbags are able to deploy in merely milliseconds. This is not limited to the front airbags of the driver and front passenger but includes the sidebags, headbags, and kneebag located on the driver’s side.
The headbags in particular, the first in a Mercedes cabriolet, have been placed in the door paneling just in the beltline area. It covers an area of 2.3 feet x 1.6 feet and when deployed offers a volume amounting to 17 liters.
Thus the headbags can give the right amount of protection during a crash whether the occupants are small or large. The headbag plus the thoraxbag make up the three-part side protection system which maximizes the protection provided to different parts of the occupant’s body. The rear sidebags can improve protection but are only available as an option.