Mercedes-Benz has launched a convertible version of the C-Class for the first time. Based on the C-Class Coupé, the new C-Class Cabriolet made its debut at Geneva. It will go on sale in the UK this summer and rival the likes of the Audi A3 Cabriolet and BMW 3 Series Convertible. The new soft-top keeps the same basic dimensions as the coupé but is marginally taller. Its fabric roof can be opened or closed in 20sec at speeds of up to 31mph.
The interior of the C-Class Cabriolet is almost identical to that of the coupé but it gets new touches such as heat-reflecting leather and a switch on the centre console to open and close the roof. The sports seats also include Mercedes’ Airscarf heating system. From launch, the C-Class Cabriolet will be offered with a choice of two diesel and six petrol engines. Of the diesels, the C220d has 168bhp and the C250d 201bhp. The entry-level C180 petrol produces 154bhp, with the C200, C250, C300 and C400 increasing in power up to 328bhp.
The C220d, C200 and C400 are also available with four-wheel drive in the form of Mercedes’ 4Matic system. The range is topped for the moment by the Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic Cabriolet, which is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol with 362bhp. An AMG C43 version of the C-Class Coupé has also been revealed. This replaces the C450 Sport model.