New clip shows folding roof mechanism of upcoming drop-top; Autocar has already sampled it from the passenger seat
Sam Sheehan
25 February 2017

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet has been previewed in a clip showing its folding roof mechanism.

The clip shows how the fabric top folds away in a single motion, finishing beneath a rear cover, which itself folds down as a single part.

Autocar sampled a prototype (pictured) of the luxurious four-seat drop-top earlier this year from the passenger seat. The new car is larger than its predecessor, offering more cabin space.

The final version is expected to get a more powerful version of the firm's turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 242bhp in an E 300 Cabriolet, a turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 with 328bhp in an E 400 Cabriolet, and a 191bhp 2.0-litre diesel in an entry-level E 220 d Cabriolet.

All E-Class Cabriolet models will come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. At the top of the range, an E 400 4Matic will also get standard four-wheel drive.

There will also be a hot AMG version call the E 50 Cabriolet 4Matic, powered by a reworked version of Mercedes' new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine and an integrated start motor with an electronic boosting function, developing in the region of 450bhp.

The regular version of the drop-top model is due to make its world debut at the Geneva motor show next month. Prices will increase slightly on the £40,135 E-Class coupé, on which the drop-top is based.

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26 February 2017
This is dumpy bumpy 2+2 cats and probably 55K which makes it..stupid. But there comes the snob value and it will be sold to "those that hath shall be given more" - glad to be excluded from that group as generally speaking they cant even drive properly, maybe ride to hounds much better

what's life without imagination

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