2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet opens up
Making its global debut in Geneva, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet and its performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet sibling provide enticing new ways to enjoy the open air experience. In rounding out the new C-Class family lineup, these two stylish convertibles build on their respective C-Class Coupe and C43 Coupe foundations by setting off aggressively elegant styling with a premium power soft top that maintains virtually the same profile found on their hard-top siblings.
A convertible for all seasons
Despite a great deal of visual and mechanical commonality, the C-Class Cabriolet clan does introduce several bespoke touches. The most obvious is the top itself, which is based on the top used for the S-Class Cabriolet. This acoustically optimized multi-layer fabric lid features one-touch activation and can be cycled in less than 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. When dropped, it tucks neatly away under a hard tonneau.
The C-Class Cabriolets also feature individual rear seats with folding backs as well as pop-up rollover hoops that are deployed in case of an impending crash. In addition to a bright trim that encircles the perimeter of the cabin and slightly revised rear fender/decklid treatments, these new Mercedes convertibles also come with heat-reflecting leather upholstery, a unique climate control system that can sense whether the top is up or down and M-B’s Airscarf neck-warmer vents in the front buckets.
Mercedes-Benz C300 and C300 4Matic Cabriolets
Like the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe unveiled last fall in Frankfurt, the standard versions of the new C-Class Cabriolet initially will come to America in rear-drive C300 and C300 4Matic AWD configurations, both sharing the same 241-horsepower/2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine backed by a 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission. Like the C-Coupes, they’ll feature a standard steel spring suspension with adaptive damping that integrates with the multi-mode Dynamic Select system and also offers an optional full Airmatic suspension. The same generous roster of standard comfort/convenience/safety features and upline options also are part of the Cabrio extras mix, as is the AMG-inspired Sport Package that brings bolder exterior/interior trim elements as well as a tauter sport suspension.
Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet
Those seeking a higher profile and more intense performance will find both in the new Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet. Joining the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe that also made its debut in Geneva, the C43 Cabrio will be on offer in the U.S. with the same 362-horse/3.0-liter BiturboV6 engine, 9G-Tronic automatic, 4Matic AWD system and more robust brakes, all suitably tweaked by AMG to deliver an extra dollop of exhilaration on demand. Here, too, the car’s Ride Control Sport Suspension, 3-stage ESP stability control and Dynamic Select setups boast AMG tuning as do its exterior and cabin treatments. The C43 Cabriolet also offers several unique options including a head-up display, exterior carbon fiber trim and performance exhaust system.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 and C300 4Matic Cabriolets area set to arrive here in late summer with the Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabrio to follow in the fall. Pricing for all three will be announced closer to their on-sale dates.
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