The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E 450 4Matic Cabriolet is not scheduled to reach in America till later this 12 months, however it already seems like a future traditional. Sources in Stuttgart have confirmed what Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Nicholas Speeks informed American sellers in June: The convertible E-Class can be axed within the subsequent three or 4 years—together with its coupe cousin and two-door versions of the S- and C-Class—as Daimler strikes to trim its present 45-model lineup. The beancounters have seemed on the gross sales developments and concluded the world has fallen out of affection with sedan-based convertibles.
The Mercedes-Benz E 450 4Matic Cabriolet shares its 362-hp, 369-lb-ft gentle hybrid I-6 powertrain, nine-speed automated transmission, and all-wheel-drive system with the 2021 E 450 4Matic sedan. It additionally shares the brand new, extra aggressive grille and entrance bumper that have been a part of the sedan’s 2021 mannequin 12 months makeover. However that is all. As a “sporty” Mercedes, the Cabriolet already had the double humps within the hood that at the moment are featured on the sedan. And the Cabriolet’s comparatively low gross sales precluded any main funding in restyling the rear finish. Cleverly, the redesigned 2021 E 450 sedan’s elongated taillight graphic now means the 2 vehicles look related from the rear, anyway.
It is the identical story inside. The 2021 E 450 4Matic Cabriolet will get the improve to MBUX, with the instrument and infotainment shows on a pair of co-located 12.3-inch touchscreens and the brand new steering wheel with touch-control buttons on the spokes. However it would not get the brand new touchpad on the middle console as there’s not sufficient actual property to package deal it together with the switches to boost and decrease the folding comfortable high.
With the 362-hp, 369-lb-ft turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 aided and abetted by the 48-volt built-in starter-generator that may ship as much as 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the E 450 4Matic Cabriolet shows the identical silken tempo on the street because the E 450 sedan. If something, it appears much more silken, particularly with the roof down; squeeze the fuel, and the Cabrio whooshes away with little greater than a rustle of wind over the windshield header.
Our tester was fitted with the optionally available air suspension and 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 245/35 Pirelli P Zero summer season tires. Regardless of the lower-profile rubber, the Cabriolet rode higher over the rougher sections of the drive route than the air-sprung sedan we drove earlier within the day (which was on 245/45 Pirelli Cinturato P7 summer season tires on 18-inch rims). That is partly as a result of the soft-top E-Class weighs virtually 200 kilos greater than the sedan, and partly as a result of the suspension is barely extra softly calibrated to compensate for the dearth of a roof.
Even so, the Cabriolet felt remarkably tight within the physique and could possibly be hustled rapidly by the twisty bits. With the multi-layered comfortable high raised, it’s virtually as quiet as a coupe, even at freeway speeds.
Though it is geared up with the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz security and infotainment expertise, the E 450 4Matic Cabriolet paradoxically drips with a beguiling old-school attraction. Again within the ’50s and ’60s, convertibles that might accommodate 4 (or much more) weren’t unusual within the U.S.—hell, you would order one out of your pleasant native Chevy vendor. However within the 21st century a softtop that may genuinely carry 4 adults in consolation is a uncommon beast, and the E 450 4Matic Cabriolet is likely one of the only a few.
Mercedes-Benz USA has but to substantiate particulars, however count on a base worth north of $75,000. No, it isn’t low-cost. But when the rumors of the E-Class Cabrio’s demise are appropriate, console your self with the truth that you are investing in a future traditional. 4-seat, softtop Mercedes-Benzes have lengthy been considered extra fascinating than both their coupe or sedan cousins. And the 2021 E 450 4Matic Cabriolet is likely one of the higher ones. We’ll miss it when it is gone.
|SPECIFICATIONS||2020 Mercedes-Benz E 450 Cabriolet|
|BASE PRICE||$73,000-$76,000 (MT est)|
|LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, RWD/AWD, 4-pass, 2-door convertible|
|ENGINE||3.0L/362-hp/369-lb-ft turbo DOHC 24-valve I-6, plus 21-hp/184-lb-ft electrical motor; 362 hp/369 lb-ft mixed|
|CURB WEIGHT||4,600 lb (MT est)|
|L x W x H||190.Four x 73.1 x 56.Three in|
|0-60 MPH||4.7-5.Zero sec (MT est)|
|EPA FUEL ECON||21/28/24 mpg (MT est)|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY||169/120 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.82 lb/mile|
|ON SALE||Late 2020|