Mercedes has been final testing its new E-class cabriolet ahead of the launch early next year - and this new grainy shot shows that it has been undergoing development in the UK.
The car replaces the CLK convertible and will have a traditional canvas roof in favour of a folding metal lid, benefiting space for passengers and luggage.
Visually the car will be very similar to the coupe version, although the rear wings and bootlid will be unique to the drop-top.
One trick Mercedes hopes will create a new benchmark in drop-top refinement is a retractable wind deflector atop the E-class’s windscreen.
The small spoiler on the top of the windscreen is designed to direct wind over the top of the passenger compartment, eliminating buffeting and reducing noise with the roof down.
Another application could be to improve aerodynamics by keeping the air flowing over the car. Convertibles are often less aerodynamic than their hard-top cousins and Mercedes’ new innovation may help.