Mercedes-Benz has commenced public-road testing of its upcoming C-Class Cabriolet, before its expected launch in 2015.
TMR’s spies have captured the first images of the new model testing in Germany, and the pictured mules are still heavily shrouded in disguise cladding with cobbled-together taillight units.
Like the new sedan sighted previously, the new cabriolet looks to have grown in length over the existing C-Class, to offer similar accommodation to the already-longer Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Lexus IS models.
The new cabriolet’s exterior design is expected to be contemporary Mercedes, but the window and roofline of these mules appears to emulate classic Mercedes open-top models from the 1920s and 30s.
A soft folding roof also looks to be hiding beneath the pictured hard disguise shell, enabling significant weight and cost savings over the folding hardtop alternative.
To compensate for the soft-top’s resulting C-pillar blind spot, the mules pictured feature door-mounted wing mirrors, unlike the A-pillar mounted units spotted on sedan mules.
The C-Class Cabriolet is set to follow a year after the all-new C-Class sedan and estate bodystyles’ 2014 arrival, and likely to launch at the same time as the hardtop coupe variant.
All new C-Class bodystyles will sit on the smallest incarnation of Mercedes’ new Modular Rear-wheel Architecture (MRA), which will make its production debut beneath the 2014 S-Class flagship sedan.