Not simply a C-Class Coupe with the roof lopped off, Mercedes-Benz has added a new nine-speed automatic gearbox to the convertible. Sedan models are equipped with a seven-speed ‘box.
The Cabriolet’s roof is cloth and available in four colours; black, brown, red or blue. It can be raised or lowered electronically in 20 seconds, and operated while moving at up to 50km/h.
Four engine options will be offered in the Cabriolet (the same four as the C-Class Coupe). Australian showrooms are most likely to receive the Mercedes-Benz C200, C300 and C43, the latter with a 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 making 270kW/520Nm.
The cabrio rides at the same lowered ride height as the coupe, and has a roofline lower than both sedan and coupe. Variable dampening is standard in the drop top, with air suspension an optional extra. Inside lies the same beautiful C-Class interior with the addition of an optional Air Scarf climate control system that puts neck-height vents into the front seats.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but expect to pay about $5000 more than the equivalent sedan, of which starting price for the base C200 is $60,900. Cabriolet models are due at dealerships in April.