Mercedes-Benz looks all set to continue its aggressive run into the new year with the launch of the E Class Cabriolet in India. The two-door version of the E Class is expected to come only in the E400 guise, which is the most powerful variant in the European and American markets. Launch is expected to take place in the first half of 2015 at an expected estimated ex-showroom price of Rs. 90 lakhs. Here, on this page, we have come up with all the details on the highly anticipated Mercedes E Class Cabriolet India launch, along with images of the upcoming model. Check it out!
The current version of the Mercedes-Benz E Class Cabriolet was unveiled in 2013, along with the refreshed E Class sedan. While the sedan made to the Indian market the Coupe and Cabriolet versions were never launched here. That, however, is set to change this year with the launch of the E Class Cabriolet. There are clear hints of the sedan in the design with similar headlamps with LED daytime running lights and a single-louvre grille upfront. The resemblance continues to the rear end with similar LED tail lamps. Being a coupe, the car gets two doors and a small rear bench fit for barely two adults thanks to the extra space taken up by the folding roof. The interiors are top notch, as expected, and there is clear resemblance with the sedan sibling.
The engine options will be restricted to only the 3.0 litre, turbocharged V6 petrol motor that will come mated to a 9 speed automatic gearbox. This engine makes 328bhp of maximum power and 480Nm of peak torque, all of which is enough to propel this model to 1oo km/h from standstill in just 5.3 seconds. The E Class Cabriolet is packed with technology such as the latest COMAND infotainment system, a fully electric softop which can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 40 km/h and AIRCAP which is a retractable deflector at the top of the windscreen which significantly reduces in-cabin noise with the top down.
When the pre-facelift E Class was on-sale in India, the Coupe and Cabriolet versions were also brought in as CBUs but were subsequently discontinued with the launch of the current E Class sedan. Mercedes-Benz has decided to bring the E Class Cabriolet back via the CBU route as a low volume niche product and at an estimated price of around Rs. 90 lakhs its very expensive but there is little else on offer for the very small percentage of buyers looking for a big luxurious soft top.
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