German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz will commence deliveries of its new 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe in March, after introducing this luxury sports car in December 2016 and unveiling it at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January. But just as Mercedes starts deliveries of the E-Class Coupe, it will also unfurl the fifth and final member of the range at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March – the new open-air 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet.
Currently, the new E-Class family is made up of four models – Sedan (including China-only long wheelbase saloon), Estate, Coupe and All-Terrain. The addition of the Cabriolet model will finally complete Mercedes’ E-Class lineup when it is formally unveiled for the global public at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
The 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet should look similar to the coupe version. In fact, this drop-top model is the lone 2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe without the hard roof, plus it comes with a number of modifications to accommodate the drop-top. In this setup, the 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet allows drivers and passengers to enjoy open-air driving and riding experience. It should also be as long and as wide as the coupe version with dimensions of 4,826 mm in length and 1860 mm in width.
Since the 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet should be similar to the Mercedes E-Class Coupe, it should also feature a distinctive front end with low-positioned sports grille as well as central star. Its long bonnet should still feature its unique power domes. Illumination should come courtesy of LED multi-beam headlamps as complemented by the two-part, extremely flat LED tail lamps.
Likewise, the interior of the 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet should somewhat mirror the cabin of the coupe version, including a number of standard and optional features and equipment. For instance, the drop-top version of the E-Class could feature the built-in 12.3-inch high-resolution COMAND display found in the coupe variant as well as the optionally available widescreen instrument cluster with advanced technology that makes the cockpit seem to float in the air.
Power sources should still be the same for the 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet: three petrol engines and one diesel powerplant. Two variants of turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine are available. The lower-powered variant could deliver 184 hp (135 kW) of max output at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of peak torque available between 1,200 rpm and 4,000 rpm. The more powerful variant could generate up to 245 hp (180 kW) of output at 5,500 rpm and up to 370 Nm of torque available between 1,400 rpm and 4,400 rpm.
For those who don’t think this isn’t enough, a twin-turbo V6 engine could be available, producing 333 hp (245kW) of output between 5,250 rpm and 6,000 rpm as well as 480 Nm available between 1,600 rpm and 4,000 rpm. A 2.0 four-cylinder diesel engine might be offered, delivering 194 hp (143 kW) of output at 3,800 rpm and 400 Nm of torque available between 1,600 rpm and 2,800 rpm.