The hood is available in blue, brown, red or black and opens or closes in 20 seconds at speeds up to 30mph. The aim with it up was to recreate the silhouette of the coupe, with which the cabrio' shares its aluminium/steel construction, suitably beefed-up, from below the waistline.
All that’s available in saloon, coupe and estate E-Class models can be included in the cabrio', though of course much of it as optional equipment. The air suspension, adjustable damping, autonomous assistance systems, wide-screen dashboard, wireless mobile phone charging and “mood-enhancing” LED ambient lighting are all there to have their boxes ticked.
We can expect more engine options in due course, but to start with the range is likely to mirror that of the new coupe, starting with an E220d (Merc’s new 2.0 four-cylinder diesel with 192bhp), and rising through an E300 2.0 petrol with 242bhp to an E400 4Matic all-wheel drive V6 with 328bhp. All get Merc’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
UK prices and spec are still to be confirmed, though going by the coupe prices the cabrio' will start at around £45,000. You won’t get UK delivery until October though, and nor will UK buyers be able to get hold of one of the special 25th anniversary models marking the 1992 debut of the first E-Class soft-top, the 300CE-24 Cabrio.