Mercedes-AMG unveils the E-class luxury convertible at NAIAS 2018

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the mercedes-AMG ‘E-class’ convertible fuses powerful performance with sporty style and high efficiency. at its heart lies a new, electrified 3.0-liter engine featuring twin-turbocharging and an electric auxiliary compressor. the six‑cylinder in-line engine generates 435 hp (320 kW) and delivers maximum torque of 520 Nm. additional highlights include the AMG ‘speedshift TCT 9G’ automatic transmission, plus an AMG performance ‘4matic+’ variable all-wheel drive system .

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visually, the mercedes-AMG convertible model has a distinctive unique look. a feature common to the convertible is the twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome, previously reserved for the V8 performance models. instead of the diamond radiator grille with individual pins, the grille in front of the central radiator now features a black lattice pattern. the front apron in an A-wing design is equipped with black flics and a front splitter in silver chrome. the outer air intakes have two horizontal fins in silver chrome. AMG-specific side sill panels lends the ‘E-class’ a more dynamic silhouette. when viewed from the rear, it is not just the redesigned rear apron that stands out, but also the classic, round twin tailpipe trim elements in high-gloss chrome. the spoiler lip on the boot lid is painted in the body color, and is also available in carbon-fiber.

the interior of the ‘E-class’ welcomes passengers with model-specific, exclusive appointments, luxurious materials and significantly extended options. there is an innovative control and display concept with bright, high-resolution displays. visually, the two displays under one shared glass cover blend into a widescreen cockpit and as a central element consequently emphasize the horizontal orientation of the interior design.

by way of instrument cluster, the widescreen cockpit contains a large display with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver, as well as a central display above the centre console. because the cockpit is digital, the driver can choose the look from the three different display styles ‘classic’, ‘sporty’ and ‘progressive’ and also configure the information and views. via the AMG menu, it is possible to display the engine and transmission oil temperature, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, engine output and torque, boost (charge pressure), tire temperatures and pressures as well as the current vehicle set-up.

the touch-sensitive touch control buttons on the steering wheel respond to swiping movements. they enable the driver to control the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. the infotainment system can also be operated via the touchpad with controller in the centre console and by linguatronic voice control. now the air conditioning and seat heating/ventilation, interior lights and the optional head-up display can also be controlled by voice commands.