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Latest model: Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet 2011
Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet 2011The all-new E-class Cabriolet is the latest addition to the successful Mercedes-Benz E-class line-up. The open-top two-door model went on sale in May 2010. The two-door, four-seat Mercedes-Benz E-class Cabriolet features a classic material soft top that can be opened or closed in 20 seconds, even at speeds up to 25 mph. Its four-layer convertible top is insulated for low noise and year-round convenience, even in very cold or hot weather.

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With the top down, a new AIRCAP system operates at the push of a control to reduce drafts and air turbulence for all four occupants, and an AIRSCARF system can blow heated air directly on the neck space from outlets in the seatings. The soft top is stowed in a special compartment behind the back seatings. When the roof is up, the panel between the top stowage space and the cargo can slide to the back, increasing the cargo capacity by 30 percent.

The two-door Mercedes-Benz E-class family is available with the choice of a V6 or V8 motor. The E350 uses the latest four-valve-per-cylinder V6 motor that produces 268 horsepower and 258 lb. -ft. of torque, while the Mercedes-Benz E550 model is powered by a 32-valve 5. 5-liter V8 delivering 382 hp and 391 lb. -ft. of torque.

The new E-class layout begins with a cubist treatment of the trademark Mercedes-Benz twin-headlight face. Two parallelogram lights are recessed into the front fenders, bracketing the three-dimensional frame of the front grille. With a big star emblem in the center of its sporty two-lamella grille, the overall body shape of the two-door E-class line features a sophisticated interplay between lines and surfaces. Taut, clearly defined lines help define big concave and convex surfaces.