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Preview: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio leak

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio leak

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• What is it? The replacement for the aging CLK Cabriolet
• The basics: Top-down fun in all seasons
• On sale: May next year, with a public showing at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show
• Price: $55,000-plus (est.)

Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off its all-new 2011 E-Class Cabriolet, which is set to go on display next month at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

The car is the replacement for the open-top CLK and is the fourth addition to the expanding E-Class family, joining the Sedan, Coupe and high-performance E63 AMG variants.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

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Going up against the BMW 3 Series, Audi A5, Infiniti G37 and Lexus IS C, the new 2011 E-Class Cabriolet comes with a raft of new technologies to keep its occupants both safe and comfortable.

The list includes cool new features like AIRCAP and AIRSCARF, which are designed to keep occupants comfortable whenever the car’s soft-top roof is down--whatever the season--by reducing turbulence and blowing warm air.

Safety features include roll-over bars behind the rear seat backrests that eject by pyrotechnic means if triggered, seven airbags, belt tensioners and belt force limiters, active headrests, a drowsiness detection system, and adaptive headlights.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

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Two models will be offered at launch, both of them with rear-wheel drive. They include the E350 Cabriolet, which comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the E550 model, which sports a 382 horsepower 5.5-liter V-8 with 391 pound-feet of torque.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet will hit showrooms in May of next year.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

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