FRANKFURT -- Mercedes-Benz will show the fifth and final member of its new E-class family when its four-seat convertible debuts next week at the Geneva auto show.
The latest E-class convertible offers features from the E-class sedan such as its standard active braking assistance, as well as those from other droptop Mercedes' cars that help circulate warm air around the cabin when ambient temperatures are low.
Since customers opting for a convertible like to drive with the top down as often as possible, they can choose the optional "Aircap" wind deflector and "Airscarf" neck heating to ensure the vehicle is suitable for all seasonal weather conditions.
Mercedes is also offering its 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system in the E-class convertible for the first time.
With a silhouette similar to that of the E-class coupe when the roof is closed, the convertible borrows many of the same design elements from its two-door sibling. The softtop can fully open or close within 20 seconds at speeds of up to 50 kph, according to Mercedes.
Compared with its predecessor, the convertible has grown in dimensions, gaining 123mm in length, almost all of which stems from an extended wheelbase, providing passengers in the rear with 102mm of more legroom.
To compensate for the reduced body rigidity that stems from a missing B-pillar and a metal roof, engineers made the body shell structures at the front end and on the floor exceptionally stiff to guarantee handling.
Much like the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes also employs a three-chamber air suspension system to adjust damping forces, creating either a softer, more comfortable ride or giving the vehicle a stiffer chassis for a more dynamic journey.
"It's a car that lets people enjoy comfort and luxury in the open air," said Mercedes new sales chief Britta Seeger in a statement.
Whereas European customers can drive off with the new model in autumn, U.S. car buyers will have to wait until the end of the year.