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Mercedes-Benz starts production of new E-Class Cabriolet in Germany

Published 27 June 2017

Daimler's division Mercedes-Benz has started production of the new E-Class Cabriolet at its Bremen plant in Germany.

The new E-Class Cabriolet comes integrated with latest technology and offers long-distance comfort for its occupants.

The new convertible car has smartphone integration, with wireless charging and key function, has a widescreen cockpit with latest assistance systems. The vehicle is set for launch in late summer this year.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet range comes in four engine variants including two gasoline and two diesel-powered models.

The entry level diesel model, with a 2 litre four-cylinder engine, produces an output of 141bhp and 400Nm of torque. Daimler claims a fuel efficiency of 57.7 mpg, while emitting 126g/km of CO2.

The higher version is the 3 litre V6 engine with an output of 255bhp and 620Nm of torque. It is claimed to have a fuel efficiency of 41.5 mpg with 179g/km of CO2 emissions.

The third version is a real-wheel-drive-petrol variant with a turbocharged 2 litre four-cylinder engine with 242bhp. This variant has the capacity reach from 0 to 62mph speed in 6.6 seconds. The fourth variant is a 3 litre biturbo engine which generates 328bhp and reach from 0 to 62mph in 5.5 seconds.

E-Class Cabriolet has been developed in Mercedes-Benz’s Modular Rear-wheel drive Architecture (MRA) platform. This system is claimed to have lesser weight, due to the extensive use of aluminium. This is claimed to have reduced the overall weight of the body by about 100 kg.

The vehicle has been designed to have a mix of both steel and aluminium. The front of the vehicle flaunts a diamond style radiator, with LED headlamps and the rear has horizontal tail-lights.

Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain divisional board member Markus Schäfer said: “The new E-Class Cabriolet with its wide variety of equipment choices is an outstanding example of the high level of variance that we implement today in our plants.

“Maximum flexibility is a central success factor in the production strategy of Mercedes-Benz Cars. With its strong team and start-up experience over recent years, the Bremen plant sets standards in the global production network.”

Producing the new Cabriolet at the site is a milestone according to the company, as within three years of time, the plant has completely renewed its product range of ten models.

By the end of this decade, the German luxury auto-maker is planning to produce a full range of vehicles at the Bremen plant, ranging from internal combustion engines, plug-in hybrids, fuel cell and electric vehicles.

Bremen plant manager Peter Theurer said: “With the production start of the E-Class Cabriolet we have successfully managed the latest in a whole series of start-ups.

“This means that the team in Bremen has maximum production flexibility across the whole range of models, variants and drive systems. Thus, we are very well positioned for the future, and can respond rapidly to customer demand.”


Image: Mercedes-Benz begins production of E-Class Cabriolet convertible car. Photo: Courtesy of Daimler AG.