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by Sam Rawlings

Spy photographers have spotted a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet on the streets of Europe, ahead of a market debut that will likely come in the second half of 2017.

Despite the heavy camouflage on this production model, it is clear that the new cab’s styling will follow closely with the yet-to-be-revealed E-Class coupe that was spied earlier in the year, with the familiar Mercedes headlights up front and thin LED tail lights at the rear.

Mercedes began the rollout of its latest-generation E-Class range earlier in the year, unveiling the sedan at the Detroit motor show (See our drive review here).

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If history is any indication, the cabriolet will largely be a mirror image of the coupe, albeit the characteristic soft-top.

Like the coupe, we can expect this new soft-top E-Class to receive a number of different petrol and diesel powertrains from launch.

Depending on the market, petrol versions of the cabriolet will likely include the E200 four-cylinder producing 135kW of power and 300Nm of torque or the E400 six-cylinder producing 245kW/480Nm.

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Fans of the turbo-diesel variant can expect either the 143kW/400Nm E220d or the 190kW/620Nm E350d under the hood.

According to reports, a plug-in hybrid known as the E350e could feature down the line, which will have 205kW of power and 600Nm of torque on offer.

An official release date for the cabriolet is not yet known, but it can be expected to hit showrooms in the second half of 2017. This will likely follow the unveiling of its E-Class siblings in the wagon and coupe.

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