Mercedes opens up a sportier C-Class

Mercedes-Benz’s timing in revealing details of their new two-door, open-top C-Class Cabriolet — the first convertible model produced in C-Class form — could not be better, given the recent spate of good weather.

Afficianados will, however, have to wait until September to get their hands on one and, as of yet, they won’t know how much one will cost.

Even so, the new rag-top is being described by Mercedes Ireland sales manager Ciarán Allen as “a strikingly sporty and visually eye-catching model, with a design that oozes appeal from every curve and contour.”

The C-Class Cabrio, he added, was a “car crafted for cruising.”

Internationally, the new C-Class Cabriolet comes in five petrol, two diesel and one 3-litre AMG versions, of four and six-cylinder design, all with Eco start/stop function and all Euro 6 emissions standard compliant, along with 4Matic availability in some cases.

In Ireland though, focus will fall initially on the diesel powered C220d and C180 petrol models, for which with prices will be announced closer to their arrival.

Mercedes says that arguably, the new car’s most visual feature is its electronically operated open top roof that folds away into the trunk when open. Worked from a switch mounted on the central console, it can be opened/closed in just under 20 seconds, even at speeds up to 50 km/h. When open, boot space reduces from 360-litres to a still somewhat ample 285-litres.

Mercedes opens up a sportier C-Class

Externally, its striking front end with inset star and diamond grille pattern, long bonnet, high beltline, LED high performance headlights, 17-inch wheels, and suspension set 15mm lower than the saloon are amongst its eye-catching features. On the optional AMG line, figure-hugging sport seats with integrated head restraints, a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and sports pedals add to its appeal.

Equipped with a high level of standard spec, buyers can choose from an extensive list of options that includes additional paint finishes, upholstery and trim variants and additional soft-top colours of dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black.

Amongst these also is a Cabriolet comfort package that includes Aircap, an electric draught stop system, and Airscarf, neck-level heating for driver and front passenger, features that extend the open-top season whilst ensuring that occupants enjoy maximum open-air comfort, even at low temperatures.

Safety systems and driver assistance features abound — including a roll-over protection system specific to the cabriolet — along with all of the connectivity and compatibility features modern drivers demand.

To boost cargo space, the rear seats fold individually. The AMG line comes with special bumpers and sills, 18-inch light alloy wheels and AMG body styling features.

We will have more on the new Cabrio before the Irish launch in September.


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