Mercedes-Benz has finally launched the C-Class Cabriolet, U.K being the first market for the new product. The most affordable cabriolet from the house of Mercedes is launched to target the A3 Cabriolet and will be priced from 36,200 Euro. Shown first time at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the C-Class Cabrio will be launched in India in late 2016, while the U.K deliveries are expected to begin in September 2016.
Speaking about the variants, the C-Class Cabriolet will be available in two trim lines - Sport and AMG Line, and with a choice of six engines. The range starting C200 will be equipped with a 2.0-litre, 184 hp petrol engine and will be mated to either a six-speed manual or 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission.
Next in the line is the C300 that features the same 2.0-litre unit, but with a higher output of 245 hp, and will be available only with the 9G-TRONIC gearbox. The Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Cabriolet will come powered by a 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 petrol engine that produces 367 hp. Mated with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic gearbox, the C43 can sprint from standstill to 100 kmph in 4.8 seconds.
Then there are two diesel engines - a 170 hp producing C220 d that is available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive variant and a 204 hp C250 d version. The C220 d with rear drive variant is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic gearbox is for the AWD version. The C250 d comes with a 9G-TRONIC gearbox.
The range-topping model is the Mercedes-AMG C63 version that is priced at £65,685. This model comes powered by a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine mated to an AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed automatic gearbox. It is capable of producing 476 hp and 650 Nm, and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.2 seconds. Another variant of C63, the C63 S is priced at £72,245 and produces 510 hp and 700 Nm, pushing it from 0-100 kmph in 4.1 seconds.
The standard equipment on the C-Class Cabrio includes Airscarf, Aircap, Memory Package, reversing camera, Garmin Map Pilot navigation system, Mirror Package, heated seats, Active Parking Assist, Agility Control comfort suspension, LED headlights, ambient lighting (auto only), DAB radio, and sports seats in Artico leather.
Among the two trims, the Sport model will be laced with gloss black interior trim with brushed aluminium, 17-inch alloy wheels and a diamond grille with black-painted pins. The AMG Line, on the other hand, includes black ash wood trim with brushed aluminium, an AMG sports steering wheel with a flat bottom, brushed steel sports pedals and a black roof lining.
Variant wise, the Mercedes-AMG C43 has following added features over the standard: 18-inch alloys with five-spoke design, AMG performance exhaust system, brake pads with ‘AMG’ lettering, Artico and Dinamica upholstery, black mirror housings, and ‘BITURBO 4MATIC’ lettering on the front wings.
The C63 Cabriolet will come with an AMG steering wheel in Nappa leather, Nappa leather upholstery, AMG performance exhaust system, spoiler lip (in vehicle colour), and ‘V8 BITURBO’ lettering on the wings. The C63 S will have additional AMG performance seats, AMG steering wheel in Nappa leather and Dinamica, 19-inch alloys and an electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential.
There are also three packages available for an additional cost. The Premium Plus package will include the COMAND Online infotainment system and Burmester surround sound system (consisting of 13 speakers) and is available for £1,395 extra.
The Driving Assistance Package will set you back by £1,695 and will come only in conjuction with automatic transmissions. It includes an active blind spot assist, active lane-keeping assist, Distronic Plus with steering assist, BAS Plus with crosswind assist, Pre-safe Plus, and Pre-safe Brake with pedestrian detection.
The optional Premium Package features an Intelligent Light System with adaptive high beam assist, Burmester surround sound, and Artico dashboard (with Nappa leather look) and will cost and additional £1,295.