Mercedes-Benz C-Class cabriolet unveiled + gallery
Just hours before the Geneva motor show officially opens, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the first ever C-Class cabriolet.
As the brand moves to extend its portfolio, it is using the motor show as a chance to show its 'dream cars', Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers told the international media at the cabriolet reveal.
Moers said AMG would launch 10 new models from its performance sector.
Efficient, yet powerful engines delivering between 115 and 270 kW and suspension designed for dynamics (with optional AIRMATIC air suspension) ensure sporty agile handling.
The new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for all engine variants.
Also on board is Mercedes' proven assistance systems and state-of-the-art infotainment.
"Our new C-Class Cabriolet is the entry into the world of premium cabriolets from Mercedes-Benz. Sporty and youthful in character and styling, it offers unadulterated open-air driving pleasure all year round," says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
With its top up, the profile of the new two-door cabriolet resembles that of the C-Class Coupé with virtually identical basic dimensions: with a striking front end featuring a diamond grille, LED High Performance headlamps, long bonnet and high beltline.
Its tightly stretched soft top with glass window transitions elegantly into the distinctly styled rear end, which has a highly sporty look with its wide shoulders and flat LED tail lights.
With a boot capacity of 360 litres (285 litres with the roof open), the C-Class cabrio is capable of holding an exceptional amount of luggage for a cabriolet, offering real world everyday practicality.
At the sides, an elongated dropping line extending over the rear wheel arch lends an emphasis typical of Mercedes-Benz design. Thanks to its 15 millimetre lower suspension as standard compared with the Saloon, the cabriolet gives a sporty impression matched with its 17-inch standard tyres.
Underlining the sporty character of the Cabriolet, which excels aerodynamically with a coefficient of drag of just 0.28.
The same jaw dropping line is taken up by the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet which, however, has an even sportier look with its distinct AMG design and specific light-alloy wheels. It thus underscores the progressive nature and performance of the brand.
The all-new Cabriolet will arrive in New Zealand dealerships in Q4 this year.
While local pricing and specification will be finalised in the coming months, the range will carry a small price premium over the current C-Class sedan.
See below for photos of both the C-Class and C43 Cabriolets.