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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio – Click above for high res-image gallery

We've been friendly with the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class since its introduction. As much as we liked the sedan, we enjoyed the Coupes even more so. That stated, it would figure that we're going to really dig the new 2010 E-Class Convertible. Of course, here in the D, we just get to look at the latest Benz drop top and listen to the Daimler folks make the car's case. If we did nothing but listen to them, the E-Class Convertible is literally the most exciting thing since bagels got holes.

In reality, this is a pretty sharp looking car, especially with the top down. Turns out that the best way to remedy the awkward looking chunky C-Pillar is just to remove it altogether. Replacing the CLK as MB's mass-market convertible, the new E-Class rag top has to be many things to many people. As such, Mercedes-Benz has equipped the E-Class Convertible with a couple of features that will allow the car to be driven with the top down year round.

The biggie is the new AirCap, a small 2.4-inch wind deflecting device that, in conjunction with a baffle between the rear headrests, keeps things quiet in the open cabin at speeds up to 100 mph. Sunstroke aside, not being able to talk to the person 13 inches away from you is one of the big drags of convertible ownership. If they're to be believed, Mercedes claims that AirCap solves the problem. That's a great thing, should you opt for the 382 horsepower, 391 pound-feet of torque E550 Convertible as opposed to the V6-powered 268-hp, 258 lb-ft of torque E350 Convertible.

There's also a new Airscarf, a system that blows hot air at the necks of the people seated up front. Hence, short of hail, falling snow and rain, you could conceivably drive the E-Class Convertible year round. Unless you're seated in the back seat... And even with AirCap and Airscarf, we'd be hesitant to drive the new E-Class 'Vert in Detroit in early January. Just sayin'. Like what you're seeing? Well, the new E-Class Convertible will go on sale in May of this year.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      So, are the hairdo's the result of driving at 100MPH? Or is it to show how the AirCap protects that vintage 60's style?
      • 5 Years Ago
      in that first picture, the back wheel looks too small for that big fat ass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        too much junk in the trunk? Skinny women in the back are probably as light as toothpicks.
        I like this E Class convertible a lot better than the outgoing CLK Cabriolet. That car always looked overpriced and awkward to me. I hope they make an E63 AMG Cabriolet soon. That would make this convertible perfect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is not the E-class coupe based on a C-class frame? Am I to assume the same of the convertible? MB: changing names to charge you more!
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks classy....have to get it with the bigger rims tho. The rims on this one are horrible
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Remove yourself from the gene pool, moron
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        I think you mean "wheels."
      Former S-owner
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dallas bimbobile for wealthy Bumpits models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hello, Sebring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get it - where in this journalistic piece about a supposedly year-round convertible does it mention whether this is a hard-top or soft-top?

      If it's a hard-top and it can be had with 4MATIC then I'm in. I hate having to hide my SL-500 for the entire winter in Iowa.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still can't believe they don't have a folding hardtop for this car after (despite the name chance from CLK to E) producing three generations in the folding hard top era...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is definitely the best looking cougar mobile. Would be nice if I'm retired and living in Florida.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The E Class... in all it's variations... appears to have all the makings of a home run for MB. Good job.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Protip: Don't use Marge Simpson as the inspiration for your model's hair.

      Anyhoo, it looks pretty good. I have to agree with mlcolvin, though: some of those angles are not very friendly to the rear wheels. The butt just looks too long and tall. It probably isn't, but the crease does nothing to make it look smaller (or at least, proportional to the wheels).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Four season Four Seater Convertible.

      This is SAAB Convertible Concept.

      I guess MB is inspired by SAAB Convertible.
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