Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the C-Class Cabriolet, the first open-top version based on the C-Class, prior to its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. Though the new cabriolet sits taller than its sibling, but it also shares its styling cues and much of dimensions from the C-Class Coupe. The Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet comes equipped with a classic fabric soft top that can be open, closed and can be folded into the boot when not in use in 20 seconds upto a speed of 50 kmph.
During the unveiling of the C-Class Cabriolet, Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, said, "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."
Looking at the Cabriolet it exhibits an independence of character with a visibly sporty expression and youthfully fresh appeal. The front fascia features diamond radiator grille, LED High Performance headlamps that’s true to the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity as the definition of contemporary luxury. On the sides, it gets an elongated dropping line extending over the rear wheel arch lends an emphasis typical of Mercedes-Benz design. It measures 4,686mm in length, 1,810 mm in width, 1,409 mm tall and sits on a wheelbase of 2,840 mm.
Talking about the interior of the C-Class Cabriolet, the ambient design is based on the interior of the C-Class coupe and also offers a fresh interpretation with typical cabriolet features. It features heat-reflecting leather, curved switch in matt silver chrome in the centre console for operating fully automatic cabriolet soft top, company’s Airscarf neck-level heating, Automatic belt extenders as standard.
In the international market, the C-Class cabriolet will be offered in two two diesel and six petrol variants. The C220 d (4MATIC) and C250 d are powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder inline motor that are capable to deliver 170 HP and 400 Nm torque, and 204 HP and 500 Nm of torque, respectively. The base variant of petrol, the C180 gets a 1.6-litre four-cylinder inline engine that can produce 156 HP and 250 Nm of torque, the C200 (4MATIC) is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder inline engine that delivers 184 HP and 300 Nm of torque, with output going up to 333 HP in the C400.
Speaking of the safety features, the C-Class Cabriolet’s gets lane keep assist system, driver-monitoring system, collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with add-on options including 360-degree camera and adaptive cruise control system with steering assistance.