- mercedes-benz has developed a special coating for the 2021 e-class cabriolet's seats that reduces their temperature under direct sunlight by up to 55 degrees.
- the specially coated seats reflect the sun's near-infrared rays to reduce the absorbed heat.
- the seats also reduce the interior heat inside the vehicle when the top is up, and best of all, they're standard on the new cabriolet.
if you’ve ever climbed into a convertible on a hot day, you know the seats can get toasty. many a person wearing shorts has leaped up out of a cabriolet after sitting down before checking the temperature of their chair. for its new e-class cabriolet, mercedes has a solution: specially coated leather seats that reduce the temperature of a seat after sitting in the sun, the star that gives us both warmth and burns on the back of our thighs.
steffen schierholz, mercedes's manager of global product communications for the s-class, e-class, and c-class, told car and driver: "for our sun-reflective leather, there are special color pigments used which reflect the sunlight instead of absorbing it. you can see on the surface no difference between the sun-reflective leather and the normal leather. it looks similar. there is no other difference between both leathers than the color pigments."
although the seats are absorbing heat, they do so more slowly so that a quick run into the store results in a lower chance of an uncomfortably warm chair. the reflective coating also reduces the heat inside the vehicle when the top is up. best of all, the special leather is standard on the 2021 e-class cabriolet. between that and the standard heated front seats and airscarf neck-level heating system, your comfort should be fully under control.