The 2018 Mercedes Benz E-Class Cabriolet is the newest offering from the automotive manufacturer. It is a convertible and one that is meant for racing, either on the track or with your friends.
It is made for pure driving pleasure while you enjoy the scenery, or take your family out for dinner to a restaurant some miles away, or go on a long road trip.
Everything in the car is suitable for a long trip- from the comfortable, spacious seats to the large cargo hold. It is the perfect car to unwind in.
Design and performance : Mercedes Benz Cabriolet 2018
The 2018 E-Class is being touted as the last of the E-class from Mercedes to get renewed. There is nothing left of the family- the sedan, coupe, and wagon have all been done away within the last one year. And that is great news for convertible enthusiasts; this ken that car will be coming with all new technology, all new gadgets, and a whole new style.
And Mercedes does not disappoint; the E-Class comes with a super cool suede covered acoustic top that is pretty much soundproof- the sound of the road and of the car will effectively be filtered out of the interior.
But on the downside, that is true only as long as you are driving in a straight line; once you start pushing a little too hard on the switchbacks, the tires will start to get noisy. And if you are driving in the summer heat, you will probably have the top down, and there will be no way to avoid the grating sound.
But of you look at the right side, this can be a great warning of when the rubber tires start to really wear out. Aluminum spring control arms and an aluminum axle carrier controls the rear end of the car while the front is controlled by an independent four-link suspension.
Interior : Mercedes Benz Cabriolet 2018
The E-Class Cabriolet interior design is bigger and better than its predecessors. It has at least 4 inches more in legroom than the previous generation, along with highly accommodating split folding seats in the back that can easily accommodate all-weather cargo. The trunk is also pretty large, big enough to fit into itself enough bags to last a small vacation.
The upholstery is almost all leather, with a bit of wood trimmings here and there to accentuate the plush and cozy feel of the car. The seats are extremely soft and reflect heat. The 12.3 widescreen cockpit is also in keeping with the classy look, although the GPS does tend to haywire at times when faced with too many turns on the road. The seats re about three-fourth of an inch lower than a sedan.
Mercedes E-Class 2018 Cabriolet Engine
The engine is pretty much standard with the rest of the E family. The car is fitted with a 3 liter twin turbo engine that makes 329 horsepower and 354 lb ft torque. It also has the Mercedes’ nine feet automatic transmission, with a standard rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive, thanks to the 4Matic system the company has recently launched.
E-Class 2018 driving modes
You have the option of choosing from 5 driving modes- sport, sport plus, eco, individual, and comfort. In each of these modes, you will be able to adjust the stop/ start function, shift strategy, and engine response.
You can also opt for the Dynamic Body Control Suspension which comes with adjustable dampers in the comfort, sport, and sport plus modes. Optionally, you can go for the self-leveling air suspension that has adjustable pitch, lift, and roll control.
Safety Features – Mercedes Benz Cabriolet 2018
The Mercedes Benz E-Class Cabriolet is fitted with many safety features. To begin with, there is the Active Emergency Stop, which warns the driver both visually and audibly before slowing down in case there is potential hazard ahead.
The Active Brake Assist takes over and brakes the car by itself is that is required, and the Evasive Steering Assist helps the driver to be safe while avoiding a spin in case there is the requirement of an emergency lane change.
The Pre-Safe Plus tells the driver beforehand whether there is a chance that the vehicle behind will crash into the rear end, or of there is a car too close ahead, and of course the Active Blind Spot Assist and Remote Parking Pilot, which helps the driver to maneuver in and out of the garage from a remote location.
Apart from this, there is also the autopilot or cruise control that keeps the car within its lane and at a safe distance from the other vehicles on the road, bringing it to a stop if it is necessary and the traffic permits it. It also slows down the car automatically if there is no space to move ahead or slow down, this avoiding collision most effectively. The Distance Pilot Distronic with Steering Pilot, as the function is called, is way better than the ones fitted in other vehicles too; you can get it to function with simple taps on the screen.
For instance, you can change lanes just by tapping a signal, and if you have tapped at a wrong time, no issues- the car will stay put by detecting the road conditions. Besides, the inbuilt Speed Limit Pilot also does not allow you to cross your speed limit any time; it automatically detects the speed limit signs and increases and decreases the aped of the car. That definitely takes out of the fear of getting an inadvertent speed ticket when you are driving long distances or are in too much of a hurry to get to your destination to really pay much attention to the road signs.
The Downsides – Mercedes Benz Cabriolet 2018
There is a lot to be improved in the E Class Cabriolet, but nothing that you are not probably expecting in a car of this type. For instance, the sound is smooth, although t gets a little noisier when you shift to sport and sport plus modes.
On the brighter side, the shifts, although generally soft, change gears effortlessly, which usually doesn’t happen in most multispeed transmissions. Although the inside is pretty comfortable, it is not like sitting in a rocket ship. When the comfort mode is on, expect a fair amount of body roll since the advanced suspension system makes its presence known while absorbing the blows from a pockmarked road.
The sport and sport plus modes are the best for this type of a road, since they can absorb the brunt of the blows and transmit little to none of it to the interior of the car. The 2018 Mercedes Benz E-Class Cabriolet price is likely to be on the higher side. So you can expect to shell out about $66,00 for the standard versions, and around $69,000 for the hybrid 4MATIC. The release date has not been officially announced yet, but it is expected to hit the shelves in the United States sometime in late 2017.