Like its fixed-roof sister model, the Mercedes-Benz E-class cabriolet has been extensively restyled and updated for 2014. The changes are marked by improve driver-assistance systems and considerably distorted styling: new headlights in a single housing, new back light, a new lattice, and new front and rear fascias. Unlike the 2014 E-class sedan and wagon, the two-door models keep their strapping rear haunches, an constituent that works improved here than on the larger models.
Now allow us to jump ahead to 2015, which will see the introduction of a twin-turbocharged V-6. In spite of its 3.0-liter dislocation, cars carrying the engine will be called E400 and if Mercedes’ badges don’t make intelligence, at least this engine really makes more power than what is beneath the cover of the E350.
Although U.S.-market numbers are not yet confirm, we anticipate the blown six to create 328 horsepower at 5500 rpm, up from the E350’s 302 horsepower at 6500 rpm. The torque dissimilarity is even more important. Whereas the E350 create 273 lb-ft at 3500 rpm, the E400 will make a far more considerable 354 lb-ft at 1400 rpm.
Mercedes is interruption the U.S. introduction of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter E400 to 2015 in arrange to supply the first cars to the red-hot Chinese market, where a 3.0-liter engine is extremely important for tax cause. And the immediate European launch is convenient, as Europeans favor fuel-sipping four-cylinder engines and diesels.
We were able to drive the 2015 E400 cabriolet additional than a year before its market launch and walked away impressed with the new engine’s character and capacity. It emits a throaty sound on startup but is never invasive, and power delivery is flat and linear. Its predictable 0-to-60-mph time of 5.3 seconds is quick adequate, being more than a full second fleeter than the E350 cabriolet’s. Top speed is run at an easily attained 130 mph.
Similar to the pieces on other E-class models, the E400 cabriolet’s brakes and steering are uninvolving, but when not pressed to the perimeter and these cruisers rarely are the framework is absolutely pleasant and compliant. To help the car stay on the road, Mercedes has improve its many driver-assistance programs. Standard nanny systems comprise Attention support, which monitors the driver for signs of exhaustion, and a collision-prevention system.