2019 Mercedes E Cabriolet. As the newest member of the E-Class family, the cabriolet continues the styling theme of being a midsize, shrunken-down S-Class. Its lines are clean and elegant, much like that larger S-Class Cabriolet. And like the S-Class, the E Cabriolet comes jam-packed with typical Mercedes-Benz opulence, lots of tech, and the option for a million miles worth of headroom. To keep with tradition, the Mercedes-Benz E Cabriolet comes with a folding soft top. Though unlike cabriolets of the past, the new E Cabriolet’s roof strongly resembles the coupe when up to keep from messing with the car’s aesthetic flow. When down, Mercedes specifically designed the roof to be minimally intrusive to trunk space.
To increase hauling capabilities for the weekend trips to the Hamptons, Mercedes made 50:50 folding rear seat backrests standard, boosting the car’s practicality factor. The new 2019 Mercedes E Cabriolet, making its debut next week at the Geneva auto show, is arguably the most beautiful. The shoulder line, which takes the expression of a crease in the C- and S-class, is artfully integrated on the E-class, with no sharp radii. The taillights are slim and horizontal. Even with the optional AMG Line styling package, the car looks subdued and elegant, although the standard trim looks better in our opinion. Following its world reveal at Geneva, the 2019 Mercedes E Cabriolet shows up in New York for its U.S. premiere.
This 2019 Mercedes E Cabriolet benefits from the generous size of its new platform. Compared with its predecessor, the car is 5.0 inches longer and 2.9 inches wider and rides on a 4.4-inch-longer wheelbase. The rear seats are more spacious than before; they also offer available heaters. In a way, this is the first real E Cabriolet since the W124 of the early and mid-1990s. That car was replaced by the CLK, which had far more in common with the smaller C-class. The outgoing E-class coupe and cabriolet continued that approach, sharing their track and wheelbase dimensions with the C.
The new model, like the new 2019 E-class coupe, is based on the E-class sedan for real. And that certainly helps to differentiate it from the C-class cabriolet. Just one example of the Mercedes attention to detail: An optional version of the windshield wipers carrying the somewhat unfortunate name Magic Vision Control features specific programming for the cabriolet. When the top is lowered, windshield-washer fluid is dispensed chiefly while the wipers are moving downward, so the occupants don’t get sprayed. Of course, the cabriolet will offer all the regular E-class sedan features, including the available digital instrument cluster, air suspension, and adaptive cruise control with steering assist.
Perhaps the only unfortunate part is that there’s no V-8 in the E-class lineup, except for the Mercedes-AMG E63 that won’t be offered as a 2019 Mercedes E Cabriolet. U.S. buyers get a 329-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, sold under the E400 moniker. Down the road, there might be a 3.0-liter inline-six boosted by an electric supercharger and a turbocharger, offering more than 400 horsepower and marketed as the AMG E50. But such a model is still some way off; for now, the E400 is it. Its twin-turbo V-6 is paired with a nine-speed automatic. All-wheel drive, you guessed it, is optional.
The E Cabriolet’s power-operated fabric top is heavily padded, has interior roof lighting, and comes in four colors: red, black, dark blue, and dark brown. The windshield frame is finished in polished or matte aluminum, depending on the trim. Judging from our prototype ride, it will be virtually impossible to tell the 2019 Mercedes E Cabriolet from a coupe from the inside when the top is up. When it’s down an exercise that takes just 20 seconds and can be performed at speeds up to 30 mph the available Airscarf system, which blows warm air around the necks of the front passengers, combines with Mercedes’ Aircap, a turbulence-reducing wing that rises from the windshield header, to create a less drafty environment in chilly weather.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, as the car won’t reach dealers until late 2018. We expect, however, that the 2019 Mercedes E Cabriolet will sticker in the mid-$60,000 range, positioned between BMW’s 4-series and 6-series cabriolets and close to the Audi S5 cabriolet.