Despite the talk about the drop top version of Mercedes Benz’s future E-Class being delayed, the car is still set to make its world debut in Frankfurt this September. Before we can drool over the new convertible’s swooping lines and commanding presence, we only have spy photos to go by, and we haven’t seen any better than this one.

As you can see, aside from the rag top, the convertible E is very similar to the coupe. The future E-Class will be offered with a variety of power plants under the hood. The E250 CDI and E 350 CDI will be powered by a 2.1 Liter diesel four cylinder that makes 204 HP and a 3.0 Liter V6 pumping out 231 HP. The E250 CGI and E350 CGI will be offered with a 1.8 Liter direct injection biturbo engine making 204 HP and a 3.5 Liter V6 with the same gas saving piezoelectric direct injection producing 292 HP. Of course, the big boy E500 will get a 5.5 Liter V8 making 388 HP.

There has not been any word about an AMG convertible, despite the speculations about the 2010 E Coupe’s future as a high performance Benz. Especially because a factory tuned two door will directly compete with any future CLK that Mercedes is planning on bringing to market. So, we will just have to wait until September to see exactly what the German automaker has planned for their restyled midsize sedan.


Source: Spy Shots

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  (116) posted on 06.14.2009

I guess, with longer and roomier than the current CLK droptop, this E-Class will share engine choices with the rest of the range, meaning everything from four-cylinder diesels to stonking AMG-tuned V-8s. Interesting, except that on the exterior side, it does not look perfectly integrated.

  (289) posted on 06.14.2009

The fact that the new convertible will be longer, and that the front seats will have a new shape on the rear side, will make the backseat passengers have more room for their legs. This will be a true four seat convertible.

  (137) posted on 06.14.2009

The folding acrobatic metal roof is reserved for Merc’s sporting roadsters such as the SLK and SL. So the E-class Convertible will stick with a canvas roof, all the better for minimizing excess weight and cabin intrusion.

  (231) posted on 06.14.2009

The rear 3/4 views look similar to cheap Pontiacs. What’s going on? I expect to see the Mercedes E-Class Convertible, carrying a premium of a few thousand quid over the equivalent E-class Coupe.

  (318) posted on 06.14.2009

The only positive thing I note is the way the rear lights go around into the sides of the car and make the side-view a bit more dynamic and elegant. But everything else is pretty bad. Whats particularly awful and it was taken over from the previous model is this "bulbous" stance of the back-end of the car. Why can’t they make a simple elegant, sporty design that does not inflate the rear-end of the car? Noone can convince me they need that much space for passengers - there are many other coupes that manage the balance. I guess there must be something wrong with the customer group they are targeting - may be its indeed predominantly housewives and elderly wealthy people who care about comfort and not design. But in my view MB’s design reputation is ruined beyond repair.

  (314) posted on 06.13.2009

I still waiting for a car company to just come out and say "this economy cannot support us making all cars for all people, we are going back to our roots".

Can MB really justify having C, E, S, CLK, CLS, SLK, SL, CL, SLR, R, GLK, M, GL, and the G class? I realize there are some shared platforms here but seriously you cannot be profitable with 14 classes to design, market and build.

  (421) posted on 06.13.2009

Actually, the E-Class Wagon and Convertible are very close to production,
so the development costs should not be the main reason for the delay.

I see them driving around Stuttgart almost every day - the wagons do not look
totally different from the actual model, more like an evolution of it.
They are camouflaged pretty much, though.
The convertible just passed by me yesterday in a light blue colour and it
looks like the E Coupé but with a soft top. Almost no camouflage, just a lfew stripes along the side line.

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