The four-model range destined for Australia marks the first time the C-Class range has been available with a folding soft top, joining the existing sedan, wagon, and coupe currently available here.
A four-model 'soft-top' range will be offered in Australia, starting with the 135kW/300Nm C 200 Cabriolet which will arrive with AMG styling, 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, sports suspension, LED intelligent headlights, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation, heat reflecting leather trim, head-up display, and powered front seats with memory.
The next step in the range, the C 300 Cabriolet is powered by a 180kW/370Nm 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and adds Keyless Go, heated front seats with 'Airscarf' neck-level heating, Burmester premium audio, 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, and a sports exhaust.
From early 2017, Mercedes-Benz will introduce a pair of AMG variants; the C 43 powered by a 270kW/520Nm twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6 and featuring all-wheel-drive, and the range-topping C 63 S with a stomping 375kW/700Nm 4.0 twin-turbo V8, rear-wheel-drive, locking rear differential, composite brakes, AMG exhaust and the potential to sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds.
All versions will arrive in Australia with a multi-layer acoustic soft top in a choice of dark brown, dark red, dark blue, or black fabric, which can be opened and closed in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
The roof frame is constructed from a mixture of extruded aluminium, magnesium, and steel, saving around 8 kilograms compared to normal steel frame construction.
Safety equipment covers nine airbags, blind spot assist, attention assist, and semi-autonomous emergency braking on the C 200, with the C 300 and above adding Distronic cruise control with steering assist, lane keeping assist, active blind spot assist, and rear cross traffic alert.
Roll over protection comes via a pair of pyrotechnically actuated cartridges mounted behind the rear seats. These activate if the vehicle detects an imminent rollover to provide a “survival space” in conjunction with the windscreen pillars.
C 200 - $85,900
C 300 - $99,900
AMG C 43 - $119,900
AMG C 63 S - 179,900
Pricing includes LCT, but does not include on-road costs.