Mercedes-Benz has launched the C-Class Cabriolet and the S-Class Cabriolet in India with a price tag of INR 60 lakh and INR 2.25 crore (Ex-Showroom, Delhi) respectively. The two cabriolets were launched by Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and will be available at dealerships across the country.
The C-Class Cabriolet
Visually, the two door C-Class Cabriolet features the signature diamond radiator grille flanked by full LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs on either side. On either side are 17 inch five twin spoke alloy wheels in a shade of ‘Himalaya Grey’. At the rear is a two section LED tail light assembly separated by a chrome insert sitting above the two chrome tipped exhausts.
The C-Class Cabriolet draws power from the 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engine that produces 245 hp at 5500 rpm with 370 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. This engine sends power to the wheels via a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, enabling the model to sprint from 0-100 kmph in 6.4 seconds. The top speed stands at an electronic limit of 250 kmph.
Mercedes says that the soft top, which is available in a few colour options; can be opened or closed in a matter of 20 seconds up to speeds of 50 kmph. Also on offer for the C-Class Cabriolet is the Dynamic Select feature that allows the driver to choose between the following modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.
Moving on to the interiors, the C300 Cabriolet comes equipped with leather upholstery, a multifunction 3 spoke leather steering wheel, 5.5 inch MID display, electrically adjustable driver and passenger side seat with memory function, ambient lighting with three different colours and five dimming levels, automatic climate control, dual zone climate control, 13 speaker Burmester audio system and a Garmin navigation system. Safety features on the model include Parktronic active parking assist, reverse camera, LED intelligent lighting system, and agility control.
The S-Class Cabriolet
The big daddy of the Cabriolet’s is based on the S Class Coupe and features LED headlamps, diamond radiator grille surrounded by large air intakes, chrome inserts and LED tail lights. The soft top of the S-Class Cabriolet can be opened or closed in 17 seconds up to speeds of 50 kmph. One can also open or close the soft top via the key fob. The soft top is offered in four different shades.
Propelling the S500 Cabriolet is the 4663 cc V8 petrol motor that is tuned to produce a power output of 455 hp at 5500 rpm and 700 Nm of torque at 1800-3500 rpm. This engine comes mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. Sprints of 0-100 kmph can be achieved in 4.6 seconds all the way up to a top speed of 250 kmph.
On the inside, the S-Class Cabriolet includes features such as automatic climate control with two climate modes, Heads-Up Display (HUD), COMAND system with touchpad, 12 inch infotainment system and a 23 speaker Burmester 3D surround sound system. Safety features on the model include Night Plus Assist, Parktronic Active Parking with 360 degree camera and a Pre-Safe system.
Also on offer is Airmatic suspension equipped with variable damping control. Available as an option is the Designo exclusive package that offers a reported 13,000 customization options such as Nappa leather, Swarovski encrusted elements in the headlamp cluster.
Speaking on the occasion, Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented, “The introduction of C-Class and S-Class Cabriolets in India is an illustration of our ‘top of pyramid’ strategy of bringing in the best of our products from the global portfolio for our distinguished Indian customers. Globally, the C-Class Cabriolet is the first ever cabriolet to be made on the C-Class platform by Mercedes-Benz. The S-Class Cabriolet is the first cabriolet introduced by the brand since 1971 and also happens to be the first cabriolet based on our flagship S-Class to make its way to India. We are very pleased to offer these two novel products which never had a predecessor in India and we are confident of a strong market response.”