A highly appealing and emotionally charged cabriolet, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class’ soft top can be opened and closed fully automatically within 20 seconds – even when driving at speeds of up to 40 kph.
The cabriolet roof is stowed in a special compartment behind the rear panel. A retractable cover separates the soft top compartment from the boot area which must be closed in order to close the soft top. If the roof is to remain closed, the cover can be slid rearwards, in which case the boot capacity is increased by 90 litres to 390 litres.
In 1989, Mercedes-Benz introduced a world premiere in the shape of a draught-stop for the SL model series, followed in 2004 by the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system to further enhance comfort in open-top models.
The cabriolet has AIRCAP – automatic draught-stop – which can be activated at the push of a button and greatly reduces turbulence in the interior of the new Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet.
AIRCAP consists of two components: a wind deflector that can be extended by around six centimetres with a net in the windscreen frame and a draught-stop between the rear seats.
The cabriolet offers a wealth of safety innovations one would expect from a Mercedes model. Highlights of the open-top two-door model include roll-over protection, the A-pillars reinforced by two additional tubes and the plug-in B-pillars. This model is also the first Mercedes cabriolet to feature headbags.
The roll-over protection consists of two robust bars, each with a diameter of 35 mm, which are housed in the rear head restraints in modules behind the rear seat backrests. A tilting cone sensor detects imminent danger to the occupants based on extreme skidding movements or acceleration caused by impact.
If this sensor then sends a corresponding signal, pre-tensioned pressure springs are activated extremely quickly by pyrotechnic means. Consequently, both roll-over bars in the rear head restraints are extended. They reach their highest point and are locked automatically within a fraction of a second. In combination with the robust A-pillars, each of which is reinforced with two high-strength steel tubes, the steel bars provide highly effective roll-ove protection.
Further exemplary safety equipment available for the E-Class Cabriolet includes Attention Assist drowsiness detection, Pre-Safe anticipatory occupant protection, the sophisticated Intelligent Light System, the Active Bonnet and Distronic Plus proximity control.