New Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet blows in for autumn 2020
This is the facelifted Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet. It follows the revised E-Class saloon into the showrooms, bearing a handful of cosmetic and technology updates, as well as some fresh trim options and an updated engine line-up. It will go on sale in the UK at the end of June, with prices starting from around £48,000. First deliveries are due in early autumn.
Like the E-Class saloon, the Cabriolet features reshaped LED headlamps, a revised front bumper, a new radiator grille and fresh two-piece LED tail lights. Buyers can now also spec a
set of new, aerodynamically efficient alloy wheels and a choice of four extra paint colours – high-tech silver, graphite grey metallic, mojave silver and patagonia red.
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Inside, buyers get a new multifunction steering wheel, sports seats, a choice of upholstery colours and Mercedes’s latest MBUX infotainment system, which comprises two screens measuring either 10.25-inches or 12.3-inches across. Finally, there’s some new grey ash wood and aluminium trim for the dashboard, centre console and door cards.
Mercedes has also updated its Energising driver monitoring system with the new “Energising Coach.” The standard system claimed to improve the driver’s well-being on long distance journeys by automatically adjusting the cabin temperature, lighting and music according to their mood. Now, the system can be linked to the driver’s smartwatch and can monitor their stress level, heart rate and quality of sleep to provide more accurate suggestions.
There’s also a new monitoring system, called “Urban Guard,” which monitors the E-Class Cabriolet’s surroundings when parked. It comprises an alarm, an interior monitor, a GPS tracker and a tow-away protection system, which sounds an alarm if it detects a change in the car’s position. Also, if the vehicle is bumped or broken into, the driver will receive a push notification on their phone, providing details on the severity of the damage.
Every model is fitted with a nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Buyers have the choice of either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive on the entry-level petrol and diesel engines, with the latter system producing a minor drop in fuel economy and 0–62mph time.
Mercedes has also revised the E-Class convertible’s engine range, adding an integrated starter-generator to its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, fitted to the entry-level E 220 d variant.
As a result, the engine now has an output of 192bhp and 400Nm of torque, which allows for a 0–62mph time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 150mph. It’s the most efficient unit in the E-Class range, though, returning claimed economy figures of between 54.3–57.6mpg and an emissions rating of 137g/km of CO2.
Above that sits the E 400 d, which is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six diesel, producing 335bhp and 700Nm of torque. The powertrain is only available with Mercedes’s 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system and provides a top speed of 155mph and claimed fuel economy figures of between 42.1–44.8mpg.
The E-Class Cabriolet’s petrol range kicks off with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, fitted to the E 200 variant. The engine produces 194bhp and 320Nm of torque – which offers a 0–62mph time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 145mph. The E 300 features a more powerful version of the same engine, with 255bhp and 370Nm of torque. As a result, the car’s 0–62mph time falls to 6.6 seconds, while top speed increases to 155mph.
It’s also now available with the same turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine found in the CLS. The unit also features 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance and has a maximum output of 362bhp and 500Nm of torque – which is enough for a 0–62mph time of 5.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
The AMG E 53 4MATIC+ sits at the top of the E-Class Cabriolet line-up. It’s powered by another turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine, this time with 429bhp and 520Nm of torque. It’s mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and a four-wheel-drive system, and offers a 0–62mph time of 4.6 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
To keep all that power in check, Mercedes has fitted a host of chassis upgrades, including new autonomous adaptive dampers, a five-channel programmable traction control system and a set of enormous drilled and vented disc brakes with four-piston calipers up front and single piston calipers at the rear.
Like all AMG-branded products, the E 53 Cabriolet comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, an aggressive body kit, a quad-exit exhaust system, leather-and-microfibre-trimmed sports seats and AMG-specific graphics for the car’s infotainment system. Larger 20-inch alloys, a carbon fibre boot spoiler and Mercedes’s Night Package (which replaces the car’s exterior brightwork with high-gloss black replacements) can also be specced as optional extras.
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