2017 Mercedes E-Class Cabrio sees its secrets unfold ahead of its 2017 premiere. Our exclusive spy pictures reveal the first design cues of Mercedes’ BMW 6-Series rival.
Mercedes’ modular MRA platform, already underpinning the C-Class and S-Class, will sit at the base of the new E-Class Cabrio. The new four-seat drop-top will make extensive use of lightweight materials such as aluminum in order to become lighter, more rigid and more efficient.
Heavy disguise aside, the prototype caught by our spy photographers shows clear design similarities with the bigger S-Class Cabrio, as well as with the recently unveiled C-Class Cabrio. The sloping soft-top abruptly tapers towards the rear, whose shape has been interestingly hidden with what appears to be a fake boot – not very dissimilar to the one used by BMW’s rivalling 6-Series.
The engine range is also expected to mimic the one offered alongside the E-Class sedan, which means the 2017 Mercedes E-Class Cabrio will receive all-new four and six-cylinder modular units constructed from a multiple of identical 0.5-liter cylinders.
Center stage will be taken by the staple new 2.0-liter L4 diesel engine available in 150 and 194 hp flavors. Also new is the 3-liter in-line six-cylinder turbo (code M256) said to develop as much as 430 hp while at the upper end of the range the AMG 63 will offer an estimated 600 hp courtesy of the AMG sourced 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 of GT fame. The 2017 E-Class Coupe will also get the new nine-speed automatic transmission.
Autonomous driving technology will also be at the fore-front of the marketing push for the new E-Class Cabrio with a raft of advanced autonomous systems echoing those already offered on the production E-Class sedan, cool remote parking system included.