What's the first Benz that comes to mind when you talk about convertibles? Naturally, it's the SL-Class. The model has been around since the 1950s, after all. But there are other members of the Mercedes-Benz cabriolet family, you know.
One of these is the C-Class Cabriolet. As the name suggests, it is based on the smaller and sportier C-Class range, but this doesn’t mean that luxury has been compromised. On the contrary, the latest iteration is anything but bare-bones.
While this upscale touch is apparent in small details like aluminum strips on the A-pillars and the windshield, the real highlight of this ride is the classic fabric soft top. This fully automatic number comes in black, brown, blue or red, and can be ordered in a special acoustic design that provides better insulation. What's more, it can open and close in a mere 20 seconds at speeds up to 50kph.
Another trademark of open-air Mercedes-Benz models is their convenience. The luggage compartment, for example, can load up to 360L of gear. This goes down to 285L once the roof is opened up, but it's still a significant figure compared to more sporty competitors. This roadster also features an electric draft stop system and neck-heating.
As with any nameplate from Stuttgart, the new C-Class Cabriolet is available with a wide range of engines. The C180 is available with the base 1.6-liter 156hp/250Nm powerplant, while the C200 and the C200 4Matic come with a 2.0-liter unit capable of 184hp and 300Nm. Those looking for a little more potency can opt for the C250 and the C300 capable of 211hp/350Nm and 245hp/370Nm, respectively. The most powerful C400 4Matic, meanwhile, packs a 3.0-liter V6 with 333hp and 480Nm.
If none of those motors impress, you can always check out the AMG range. Here, you can choose between a 3.0-liter V6 with 367hp and 520Nm and a pair of 4.0-liter V8 engines that produce either 467hp/650Nm or 510hp/700Nm. A trio of 2.1-liter diesel engines that develop anywhere from 170hp and 400Nm to 204hp and 500Nm are also available. Each of these mills can be paired with the brand’s vaunted 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox.
Safety-wise, the C-Class Cabriolet comes with systems such as attention assist, collision prevention assist, adaptive brake assist, and a host of other electronic nannies to make for a safe, worry-free journey.
The C-Class Cabriolet comes out later this year, aiming to continue the brand's stellar track record with open-air rides.