What is it?
This is confusing. First, Mercedes-Benz determines the E-class cabriolet is too old-fashioned and replaces it with the CLK Cabriolet, which sells in much larger numbers than its direct predecessor for a period of 12 years and two model generations.
Then it decides the CLK Cabriolet no longer fits its newly realigned line-up and kills it off in favour of - you guessed it - the E-class Cabriolet.
With a purposeful appearance mirroring that of the E-class coupe already on sale here, one of the best soft-tops mechanisms you’ll find anywhere and a top-notch interior that can be optioned with all of the German car maker’s latest comfort, safety and entertainment features, the Kings Road crowd are surely going to find this classy new open-top hard to pass up.
At the start of UK sales later next month there will be no fewer than seven E-class cabriolet models offering the choice of three diesels and four petrol engines. We drove the mid-range E 350 CGI, which is expected to become the most popular model over time.
What’s it like?
At typical motorway cruising speeds the E-class cabriolet’s refinement with the roof up is hugely impressive – if not quite the equal of that of the coupe, then not far away in ultimate terms.