Mercedes-Benz has announced the pricing and specification of its C-Class Cabriolet which goes on sale in October 2016.
The four-model range kicks off with the C 200 Cabriolet priced from $85,900 plus on-road costs. For that you get a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 135kW and 300Nm of torque married to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission.
It gets 18-inch AMG wheels, heat-reflecting leather upholstery, AMG body kit, sports suspension with Sports Direct-Steer system, LED Intelligent Light System, Dynamic Select driving modes, Garmin Map Pilot navigation, DAB+ digital radio, head-up display, electric front seats with memory and Black Ash Open Pore wood trim.
Next up is the C 300 Cabriolet priced from $99,900 plus ORC. It features a 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and the same 9-speed gearbox. In addition to the standard equipment of the C 200 Cabriolet, the C 300 arrives with 19-inch AMG wheels, a Burmester surround sound system, Comand Online navigation, heated front seats, Airscarf neck-level heating, Keyless-Go and a Sports Exhaust system.
Moving up the AMG-fettled C 43 Cabriolet 4Matic will cost buyers $119,900 +ORC. It uses a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 to deliver 270kW and 520Nm of torque, matched with a 9-speed automatic and 4Matic all-wheel drive system, capable of sending the drop-top from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds.
The range tops out with the $179,900 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet equipped with a fire-breathing 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 churning out 375kW and 700Nm of torque. It will rush from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds and sports 19/20” AMG wheels, AMG active dynamic engine mounts, AMG electronic rear axle locking differential, AMG high-performance composite braking system and AMG performance exhaust system.
On top of that, it gains Nappa leather upholstery, digital TV tuner and an Air-Balance package as standard.
Of course, all model are fitted with a multi-layer acoustic soft top as standard. It is available in dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black and can be operated in 20 seconds at speeds up to 50km/h.
Safety features include 9 airbags, Collision Prevention Assist Plus with semi-autonomous braking, Blind Spot Assist, Pre-safe, Attention Assist, an Active Bonnet and a 360 degree camera.
All models except the C 200 Cabriolet also arrive with the Drive Assistance Package Plus as standard, which includes Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Pre-safe Plus, BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist.
The roll-over protection system is specific to the Cabriolet. It consists of two cartridges that are fully retracted behind the rear seats and therefore invisible. If a roll-over is imminent, these cartridges are pyrotechnically fired, whereupon they shoot out to provide a survival space together with the A-pillar.
The new C-Class Cabriolet is now available to order and will be on-sale in October 2016 with the AMG C 43 4MATIC and C 63 S variants arriving in early 2017.
Prices are as follows (excluding on-road costs):
- C 200 Cabriolet: $85,900
- C 300 Cabriolet: $99,900
- AMG C 43 Cabriolet 4MATIC: $119,900
- AMG C 63 S Cabriolet: $179,900