Space concept and interior: More space, more luxury

Jun 28, 2017
Stuttgart

The interior of the new E-Class Cabriolet provides long-distance comfort for four occupants in a modern, high-quality ambience.

Compared with its predecessor, the new E-Class Cabriolet has grown in length, width and wheelbase: with a length of 4826 mm, a width of 1860 mm and a height of 1428 mm, the new model is far larger than its predecessor. The principal beneficiary of the wider track, with 1605 mm at the front (+67 mm) and 1609 mm at the rear (+68 mm), is the driving dynamics.

Dimensions

Exterior

E-Class Cabriolet

Predecessor

Difference

Vehicle length mm

4826

4703

+123

Vehicle width mm

1860

1786

+74

Vehicle height mm

1428

1398

+30

Wheelbase mm

2873

2760

+113

Track width, front mm

1605

1538

+67

Track width, rear mm

1609

1541

+68

 

Interior

E-Class Cabriolet

Predecessor

Difference

Effective legroom

in the rear mm

866

764

+102

Max. front/rear headroom mm

1034/925

1019/919

+15/+6

Front/rear shoulder room mm

1424/1228

1374/1214

+50/+14

Front/rear elbow room mm

1492/1308

1454/1288

+38/+20

Interior – sophisticated style and sporty luxury

With the roof open, the harmony between exterior and interior design becomes apparent, uniquely accentuating the high-quality details. A visual entity comprising anodised, polished aluminium (AMG Line in matt aluminium) is created by the trim frame on the A-pillar and windscreen, along with the waistline trim strip and a wide trim finish that surrounds the soft top compartment. The third brake lamp with clear-lens cover is harmoniously integrated into this frame.

With its clear lines, the interior is likewise a statement of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity. A look at the details confirms this. The upper section of the dashboard appears to float freely. It is supported by generously proportioned trim elements which flow sensuously into the front doors. Particularly high-grade materials and precise finishing accentuate the stylish look and exude high perceived quality.

Two optionally available, high-resolution 12.3-inch displays (31.2 cm, 1920 x 720 pixel resolution) – a highlight in the new E-Class Cabriolet – merge beneath a shared glass cover to create a widescreen that appears to be floating in thin air but nevertheless blends in smoothly between the upper and lower sections of the cockpit. As the central design feature it augments the impression of width, as does the surrounding trim element. The driver can choose from three different styles for the virtual instruments in the instrument cluster: "Classic", "Sport" and "Progressive".

The entry-level model combines two round dials and a 7-inch colour display cluster (17.8 cm, 1000 x 600 pixel resolution) with a central display with 8.4-inch screen diagonal (21.3 cm 960 x 540 pixel resolution). The dials, instrument cluster and central display are installed in a single frame with a high-gloss piano-lacquer look.

Distinctly sporty highlights include air vents with a shape inspired by turbine engines. They are styled down to the smallest detail and fully finished in silver shadow.

The driver has multiple options for operating the instrument cluster, multimedia system and other functions: Touch Control buttons in the steering wheel allow the driver to control the instrument cluster and multimedia system using finger swipes, without having to take a hand off the steering wheel. Additional controls come in the form of a touchpad with controller in the centre console, which can also recognise handwriting, plus the LINGUATRONIC voice control system. There are also direct-access buttons for controlling the air conditioning, for example, and for convenient activation and deactivation of certain driver assistance systems.

The avant-garde and luxurious seats for all four occupants have a sportily sculpted individual-seat character, and are suited to the biometrics of the occupants. The integral-look sports seats feature sturdy side bolsters, organically integrated head restraints and optional AIRSCARF neck-level heating. They provide good, sporty lateral support without detracting from comfort. The seat contour follows the pronounced side bolsters, and depending on the specification, the centre section has sporty transverse or sensuous, modern longitudinal seams. The seat side bolsters, backrest centre panels and cushions follow a consistent colour concept. The modern interior colour schemes are harmoniously attuned to the wide range of exterior paint finishes. Numerous material combinations ranging from fabric/ARTICO man-made leather to embossed leather and nappa leather with diamond quilting are possible. Precisely executed seams give emphasis to the seat design.

In conjunction with AMG Line, it is also possible to choose sporty, highly contrasting leather interiors in black/classic red or black/deep white, all with horizontal seams.

Standard-fit automatic belt extenders for the front seats help the occupants to fasten their seat belts. The rear seats now not only provide a through-loading feature as standard, but are also heatable, which further enhances the car's suitability for year-round use and its claim to be a fully-fledged four-seater.

High-grade materials and contemporary colour landscapes come together to create a sporty, contemporary luxury. The attractive appointments in yacht blue in combination with macchiato beige lend the Cabriolet a cool, exclusive yachting look. The optional appointments include heat-reflecting leather in five colours. There is also a wide choice of interior trim. This ranges from puristic modernity in aluminium to innovative woven metal and modern wood decors. There is a choice of two new wood trim packages in light open-pore and high-gloss finishes.

The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. The same applies to the optionally available enhanced ambience lighting with 64 colours, which has a special feature in the shape of a rear light in the roof liner of the Cabriolet soft-top. It has many individual adjustment options and adds illuminating highlights to e.g. the trim, the central display, the front stowage compartment on the centre console, the door handle recesses, the door pockets, the front and rear footwells.

Eyes always on the road

A head-up display is an optional new feature in the E-Class Cabriolet. As in a jet fighter, it projects important information directly into the driver's field of vision on the windscreen, ensuring that there is less distraction from the road ahead. The system provides information on speed, speed limits, navigation instructions and messages from DISTRONIC.

The driver can adjust the height of the virtual image so that it can be easily viewed. On vehicles with seat memory function this feature stores the individual settings. A range of display content can also be enabled or disabled, and the brightness of the display adjusted individually.

Sensitive climate control for open-air driving

Specially developed for cabriolets, the climate control system responds to whether the vehicle is being driven with the top up or down. Climate control is fully automatic, which means that the driver does not need to select a mode for closed or open soft top, nor is it necessary to save a temperature setting for these driving conditions. An overlapping function performs the considerable feat of achieving an unnoticeable transition between closed and open top (and vice-versa) for maximum climate comfort.

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