Mercedes-Benz has launched a raft of new models over the past six months and there's more to arrive. We expect Mercedes-Benz India to launch the E400 cabriolet in our market in first-half of 2015.This convertible is based on the current E-class which received a comprehensive mid-cycle facelift in mid-2013. Just like the E-class sedan, the cabriolet too gets a styling upgrade which includes a redesigned front section with single piece headlamps and a single-louvre grille.
The E-class cabriolet will be brought in through the CBU route and Mercedes will bring only the range-topping, powerful E400 cabriolet to India. The 3.0-litre, six-cylinder (V6) turbo-petrol motor produces 328bhp and a good 48.9kgm of torque and gets mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Mercedes claims that it can accelerate to 100kph from stationary in just 5.3 seconds.
The E400 cabriolet will be packed with features including Mercedes’s latest COMAND interface. It will also feature AIRCAP, a retractable deflector on the top edge of the windscreen which forces the airflow upwards at higher speeds, significantly reducing the in-cabin noise when the roof is down. The fully-electric soft-top can be opened or closed at speeds upto 40kph.
The rear seats of the E-class cabriolet aren't as spacious as the regular E-class because, a fair bit of space is used for storing the folding roof. Additionally, the extended central console and narrower cabin at the rear makes it strictly a four seater. You can expect rear legroom you similar to that on a Mercedes A-class. Expected to be priced at Rs. 90 lakh, the E400 cabriolet isn’t be cheap, but then this luxurious and stylish convertible has few rivals.