Mercedes-Benz takes a step further in its product offensive strategy with the introduction of the new C-Class Cabriolet, which will premiere at this month’s Geneva Motor Show. The car is almost a carbon copy of the Coupe that debuted last year, save for the folding fabric top and slightly taller stance.
The newest member of the merry C-Class family will be available with a lineup of petrol and diesel engines, ranging from four to six cylinders. Sitting on top of the echelon would be the AMG C43 4MATIC, which gets to play with 367 hp and 520 Nm of torque courtesy of a 3.0-litre biturbo V6 mill. A nine-speed automatic transmission helps the AMG to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, and reach a limited top speed of 250 km/h.
A detuned version of the six-cylinder engine also goes into the C400 4MATIC, developing a decent output of 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque. Performance isn’t far from the C43 either – it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and tops out at 250 km/h as well.
Other petrol variants include a C300, C250, C200 (optionally available with 4MATIC) and C180. The first three are powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine while the C180 gets a 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit. As for diesel, Mercedes is offering the C250d and C220d, both featuring a 2.1-litre four-cylinder engine. The new 9G-Tronic automatic transmission can be specified, regardless of variants.
As mentioned, the C-Class Cabriolet is pretty much the same as its hardtop counterpart, except for the fabric soft top, of course. Derived from the S-Class Cabriolet, the soft top opens and closes in less than 20 seconds, at speeds up to 50 km/h. It comes standard in black but can be ordered in dark brown, dark blue, or dark red. The foldable top is complemented by the Airscarf and Aircap systems. The former blows hot air onto the back of the neck while the latter prevents draughts in the cabin.
In its standard form, the C-Class Cabriolet rides on steel springs suspension with a selective damping system, which brings the vehicle 15 mm lower than its four-door sibling. Of course, customers may opt for the stiffer sports suspension or even the Airmatic air suspension system. Meanwhile, the C43 is equipped with AMG Ride Control sports suspension with adaptive three-stage adjustable damping – Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.