Here’s our first glimpse of the new Mercedes-Benz C-class cabriolet – and that’s something we haven’t been able to say before…
Mercedes asserts it’s the first time in the history of the C-class there has been an open-top version. That’s true as far as it goes: there have been C-class-based convertibles before but they have been badged CLK. This time what you ‘C’ is what you get.
And a svelte machine it looks too, judging by this first teaser image put out by Mercedes today ahead of the car’s world premiere on 1 March at the Geneva Motor Show.
The secret to that flush rear deck? A compact and lightweight fabric soft top, electrically powered of course, instead of a folding hardtop. That puts it in the Audi A5 cabrio camp rather than that of the BMW 4-series cabrio, the new car’s chief rivals. As with the Audi, the layout should allow extra rear-seat kneeroom – Mercedes is certainly calling this a ‘four-seater’.
It’s not saying much else about it ahead of its Geneva unveiling. We do know it is based on the new C-class coupe, however, so it is possible to extrapolate a few things: that petrol and diesel engines between 184bhp and 245 will be available – plus one day a 476bhp C63 AMG version…? – and our guesstimate is that prices will kick off around £35k, lining it up against BMW and Audi models and maintaining a decent gap to the new E-class cabrio (which starts at £42k).
GRR guesses that we can expect as well an emphasis on Sport and AMG Line models, lots of comfort and driver-assist functions and options that include nine-speed auto transmission and even Airmatic air suspension, as available on the coupe.
Whether it’s strictly the first C-class cabrio or not, Mercedes’ most affordable convertible looks to add up to something special – not least for those sleek top-down lines. GRR looks forward to seeing them in the flesh in Geneva when we will have the full story behind the car.