Mercedes-Benz has announced that the new CLS 250 CDI and the E-Class Cabriolet are going to be launched in India on March 25.
The E-Class cabriolet is expected to be offered here in the E 400 trim, which is globally offered with a 2,996cc V6 petrol engine. As the name suggests, the E 400 Cabriolet is a drop-top convertible, based on the new E-Class sedan. Though Mercedes-Benz has gotten rid of two doors from the sedan, the E 400 Cabriolet continues as a four-seater. The twin-turbocharged engine delivers 328bhp and 480Nm of torque to the rear wheels through the same 7G Tronic unit. This kind of power figure helps propel the E 400 from 0 to 100kmph in just 5.3 seconds, with the top speed being limited to 250kmph.
Internally called C218, the 2015 CLS-Class is based on the new E-Class sedan, though it gets a unique overall design with a sloping roofline which makes it resemble a coupe. The exterior of the new CLS has been inspired by the new C-Class, while the front chrome grille looks similar to the CLA. It also gets a redesigned bumper with new fog lamps housing and body skirts. The biggest highlight of the new CLS though is the new Multibeam LED headlamps. These innovative headlamps are made of 24 individually controlled LEDs which provide better illumination according to the conditions.
The CLS 250 CDI will be powered by the 2,143cc turbocharged four-pot diesel engine which is also used in the E 250 CDI. The engine delivers 204bhp and 500Nm of torque to the rear wheels through the tried and tested seven speed 7G Tronic automatic gearbox.
While the CLS 250 CDI competes with the Audi A7 and the BMW 6 Series, the E 400 Cabriolet is a niche car, and doesn’t have any real competition.