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Mercedes-Benz has completed the roll-out of its new E-Class range with the E-Class Cabriolet.

The E-Class Cabriolet joins the largest convertible range in Mercedes-Benz history, which now includes C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, SLC (nee SLK), SL and AMG GT topless models.

As expected, the E-Class Cabriolet is based heavily on the new E-Class Coupe and retains that model’s lightweight part-aluminium construction. Unlike the previous-generation models, the new E-Class coupe and cabriolet models are based on the E-Class saloon platform, rather than the smaller C-Class.

As with the previous E-Class Cabriolet, the new model features a fully-automatic soft top roof, which takes about 20 seconds to open or close and can be operated at speeds up to 31mph. The acoustic insulation in the roof material has been improved, and Mercedes-Benz claims a sufficient reduction in wind and driving noise for occupants to converse normally even when driving at high speed.

Like most large soft-top vehicles, the fabric roof is stowed in a collapsible compartment in the boot. For the new E-Class Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz now offers an option to operate the boot separator electrically instead of manually.

The new model offers the Aircap electric wind deflector and rear draught stop which featured on the previous mode, although they are now part of an optional comfort package rather than standard equipment. The Cabriolet Comfort package also includes Mercedes’ Airscarf neck-level heating system for the front seats.

Like the coupe, the E-Class cabriolet has grown in size over its predecessor, which primarily improves rear cabin and boot space. The boot capacity is slightly larger at 385 litres (reducing to 310 litres when the boot separator is in use), and the rear seats now fold in a 50:50 split for the first time to increase loading space.

All models of the E-Class Cabriolet are equipped with 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. A 4MATIC all-wheel drive option is available for the first time, although it remains to be seen whether this will be available in the UK. An E63 AMG model is also possible, mirroring the coupe.

The E-Class Cabriolet includes features common to the award-winning saloon and new coupe models, including autonomous emergency braking, brake assist and steering assist systems. The cabriolet also continues the previous model’s roll-over protection system. In the event of a the car rolling over, two cartridges hidden behind the rear seats are explosively fired to pop up and provide roll-over protection for the driver and passengers.

UK pricing and specification will be announced closer to the car’s anticipated local launch this summer.

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Katharine Morgan
Katharine Morgan
Katharine was a contributor to both The Car Expert and The Van Expert, and is now Motorsport & Automotive Press Officer for Goodwood.