The open-top C-Class is expected to go on sale in the first half of next year and will obviously be based on the yet unreleased C-Class Coupe which is bound to show up later this year, possibly in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The styling will be very much alike between the two models, with the obvious exception of the roof which in the case of the cabriolet will take the shape of a multi-layered fabric top that will be electrically-operated up to a certain speed, rumored to stand at 60 kmph.
It is believed there will be four hues for the roof to choose from while Mercedes-Benz’s proprietary AIRCAP (air deflector) and AIRSCARF (neck-level heating) systems will also be on offer. The interior cabin will be largely carried over from the regular C-Class but there are going to be new seats and additional buttons necessary to operate the roof.
The C-Class Cabrio has the codename A205 and is believed Mercedes-Benz will price it below the SLC which means it will be the most affordable convertible in their range. The prototype caught on camera in the attached footage is believed to be a more appealing AMG Line variant and it could be the C450 AMG Sport model featuring a V6 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine which will be slotted right underneath the range-topping Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabrio.
Expect a world premiere of the Mercedes C-Class Cabrio in March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show while the coupe should debut as early as this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales to commence shortly after the public reveal. It should be mentioned the range-topping AMG versions of both the coupe and cabrio won’t be out right away as the Daimler-owned company usually waits about six months before revealing the crown jewel of the range.