Amazing animation in this ad featuring the C Class
Animated exterior shots of the BlueZero concept
Testing in the snow
High-performance track driving with the AMG Black Series
Exterior beauty shots
Detroit 2009 saw an electric car from Mercedes (Blue Zero), SLR McLaren Stirling Moss, BMW Concept Blue sport, Maserati Quattroporte and more
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is ready to roll out at the Detroit Auto Show, but before that kicks off next month, Mercedes has dropped all the official details on its CLK convertible replacement.
Like the coupe on which it’s based, the convertible is a step up from its predecessor and comes with a choice of powerplants including a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the E350 or a 5.5-litre V8 that churns out 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque in the E550.
The new E-Class Convertible won’t make use of a retractable hard-top, but rather a thick cloth roof that helps keep luggage capacity decent in the boot. There’s also a pass-through compartment underneath the roof’s storage enclosure that should make shifting longer parcels easier.
The real show piece on the convertible E-Class is Mercedes’ new AirCap system, which includes a wind deflector that extends from the windshield, along with a draft-stop mounted behind the rear seats. According to Mercedes, this limits the amount of wind intrusion into the passenger compartment up to speeds of 160 kph, keeping your hairstyle unruffled and making conversations easier when cruising the motorway.
Other technology includes the Mercedes Airscarf, which blows warm air around the neck of the front seat passengers and Mercedes’ first application of head airbags in a convertible. If you just can’t wait to get your hands on the 2011 E-Class Convertible, you’ll have to wait until mid next year, but in the meantime, check out the images in the gallery below.
Driving shots and static exterior and interior footage