Mercedes-Benz has expanded its AMG E-class line-up with the launch of the new E 53 4Matic+ Cabriolet. Priced at Rs 1.30 crore (ex-showroom), the two-door soft-top E-class shares much with the E 53 sedan already on sale with the notable differences coming in the form of the fabric roof, lack of rear doors and a more individual rear design. The E 53 Cabriolet becomes AMG’s fourth 53-badged model for India as well as the first AMG Cabriolet for the market

As with other AMG models, the E 53 gets the trademark Panamericana grille flanked by LED headlamps and an aggressive bumper. The Cabriolet stands out from the side thanks to its two-door layout and revised roof-line courtesy of the folding soft-top. The rear deck too is unique to the cabriolet with a longer deck and slimmer tail-lamps as compared to the E 53 sedan. The rear bumper meanwhile is similar to its sedan sibling. The E 53 Cabrioelt will be available in five paint shades – Obsidian Black, Slenite Grey, Designo Opalite White Bright, Designo Spectral Blue Magno and Designo Patagonia Red Bright.

Inside, the cabin design is in line with the E-class family with the single-piece display housing the digital instrument cluster and central touchscreen.

Under the hood sits the familiar 3.0-litre, turbocharged, in-line six-cylinder petrol engine paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system. The engine produces 430 bhp and 520 Nm with the 48V system offering a 21 bhp and 250 Nm boost during hard acceleration. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox with Mercedes claiming a 4.5 second 0-100 kmph time and a 250 kmph top speed.