As promised in recent weeks, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet and five new AMG models are now being shown to the public for the first time at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
The open-top 4-seater is the latest member to join the successful E-Class family, which has been completely renewed over the past year and includes the E-Class Sedan, E-Class Wagon, E-Class Coupe, and E- Class All-Terrain (not available in North America).
A low-positioned diamond radiator grille, LED High Performance headlamps, a stretched hood with powerdomes, and fully retractable side windows highlight the exterior of the new E-Class Cabriolet, which is longer and wider than its predecessor while sitting 15 mm closer to the ground than the sedan.
Derived from the S-Class Cabriolet, the soft top meets high-quality standards in terms of durability and operation. It can be fully opened and closed in 20 seconds when travelling at a speed of up to 50 km/h. Cargo capacity only drops from 385 to 310 litres when the roof is open. If you need more space, the new rear seatbacks fold 50/50.
With regard to comfort and technology, the list of goodies includes comprehensive smartphone integration with a wireless charging and key function, a customizable widescreen cockpit, and the latest driver assistance systems. Let’s not forget the turbulence-reducing AIRCAP electric draught-stop system and AIRSCARF neck-level heating system that help extend open-top motoring season.
Engine choices have yet to be confirmed, but all models are equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Also, for the first time, the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet is available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
Mercedes-AMG world premieres
Mercedes-AMG, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, provided a glimpse of its future 5-door sports car in the form of the new GT Concept—a coupe-style performance sedan with a rear hatch, if you prefer.
It uses a combination of an ultra-modern V8 engine and a high-output electric motor, the latter fed by an extremely powerful yet lightweight battery pack. This performance hybrid powertrain is said to offer an impressive electric range and the opportunity to generate a system output of up to 800 hp, allowing 0-100km/h sprints in less than three seconds.
Additionally, four other AMG models are making their global debuts in Geneva: the E63 S Wagon, AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50, C63 S Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition, and AMG Performance Studio Package-equipped C43 Coupe.