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Thursday, April 6, 2017

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Preview


Leaving sportiness to its rivals, the E-class caters to those who’d rather waft in the lap of luxury. The supremely comfortable cabin features a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The sedan’s 241-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-four provides adequate power and pairs a nine-speed automatic with either rear- or all-wheel drive. Coupe and convertible models get a 329-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6. A host of safety features and semi-autonomous driving mode are optional.
It’s the fifth generation of the car Mercedes bigwigs acknowledge as the heart of the company. No pressure here, then. Although it looks very much like a larger C-Class or smaller S-Class, worryingly so depending on your point of view, the latest E-Class is a stellar technological statement.
It’s also bigger and roomier than the previous model, but uses high-strength steel and aluminium in its structure to reduce weight. The big-selling axis of the range, the 220d, also gets a radical new all-alloy four-cylinder diesel engine, the upshot being a car that weighs 100kg less than the model it replaces. There’s also a 350d, with further versions to come.
Mercedes has somehow managed to create something soothingly familiar while comprehensively rearranging the goalposts. The 220d majors on rolling comfort, with a supple ride and fluent body control; this is not a car you corner on its doorhandles, although it doesn’t lack agility. The four-pot diesel is a bit vocal during start-up and at low speeds, but impressively hushed at motorway speeds.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The 220d runs steel springs and passive damping as standard; Dynamic Body Control is an option, as is air suspension. Elsewhere on the vast options list you’ll find Drive Pilot, which marries the car’s adaptive cruise control with active steering to serve up the most authentic self-driving experience so far. Merc wants to be the industry leader with this autonomous tech and will no doubt succeed: we’d say it’s a work-in-progress.
The entry-level 220d makes do with conventional dials and an 8.4-inch central screen, but the big step forward is the twin-tablet display of posher models, which conjoins two 12.3-inch screens for a dramatic panorama of in-car connectivity. The steering wheel also features a pair of thumb-sized touch-sensitive pads, a novel alternative to the central rotary controller. In terms of the interfaces, graphics and overall quality, Mercedes has dramatically raised the bar with this car. Just don’t run riot with the online configurato.
As for housekeeping – space, ergonomics, user-friendliness, all the everyday stuff that matters – Merc of course gets it spot on. It’s an E-Class: we’d expect nothing else, really.



Fast Facts:
Open-top 4-seater completes Mercedes’ new E-Class family
Standard comprehensive smartphone integration
Available inductive wireless charging
Includes widescreen cockpit and latest driver-assistance systems
Soft top is offered in four colors
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