The upcoming Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet has again been previewed ahead of its global debut at the Geneva motor show. The new model will go on sale in the UK this summer, and is described as being "an attactive entry-level model in the range of Mercedes dream cars, with all-season open-air driving enjoyment included as standard."
A previous teaser sketch which showed the rear of the model was accompanied by a short statement, confirming that "for the first time in the history of this model series, there will also be a C-Class Cabriolet. The sporty four-seater with a soft top is based on the successful coupé version."
Set to join saloon, coupé and estate versions of the fourth-generation C-Class in an ever-burgeoning Mercedes-Benz line-up, the C-Class Cabriolet has previously been spotted testing in the run-up to its launch. While the car's styling remains similar to that of the C-Class Coupé, a longer rear deck can be seen, as well as a windscreen-mounted air deflector and a deployable wind break. The car's interior will be identical to that of other C-Class models.
The rear-wheel-drive convertible will be offered with the same six-cylinder petrol and four-cylinder diesel engines as the coupé. Included in the line-up will be a C450 Sport model, which will feature a 362bhp twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine and will be capable of reaching 62mph in less than five seconds. A plug-in hybrid model based on the C350e is also planned.
A high-performance Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet should join the range before the end of 2016. Like the saloon, it is expected to be powered by AMG's twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine with 469bhp in standard form and 503bhp in range-topping C63 S guise.
As with other models in the range, the C-Class Cabriolet will be offered with two different suspension systems. The car’s standard set-up will feature conventional springs and dampers, but Mercedes-Benz’s AirMatic arrangement will be optional.