Benz chose the C 300 and AMG C 43 variants to showcase its new drop-top - a four-seat midsizer which adds a new open-air element to the well-received C-Class range.
The C 300 is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 180kW and 370Nm, as per the C 300 sedan.
Losing the roof costs the Cabriolet 0.1 seconds in the 0-100km/h sprint, with a time of 6.3 seconds against the sedan’s 6.2.
For the AMG version, power comes from a 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 producing 270kW and 521Nm.
The C 43 can hit 100km/h from rest in 4.7 seconds, on its way to an electronically-limited top-speed of 250km/h.
All C-Class Cabriolet models score a nine-speed automatic, and both rear- and 4MATIC all-wheel-drive models will be offered.
For overseas markets, the C-Class Cabriolet range will also contain C 200, C 250 and C 400 petrol-powered models, along with the C 220d and C 250d diesels.
The roof is made from a multi-layer canvas, available in red, blue or black, and can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds at speed of up to 50km/h.
With the roof down, the cargo area is restricted to 285 litres or storage space which rises to 360 litres with the roof in place.
Options include Benz’s ‘air-scarf’, as seen in the S-Class Cabriolet, which applies warm air to the necks of occupants to encourage open-topped driving on cooler days.
Sales in overseas markets are expected to begin by the end of August, with the AMG version to follow shortly after.
For Australian customers, expect an arrival in local showrooms by the end of this year or early 2017 with pricing, model range and local specifications still to be confirmed.
Currently, the cheapest way into a Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet is the E-Class E 200 model at $89,900 plus on-roads.
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