The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet, which made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, is now available to order in the UK and the prices begin from £36,200 (INR 34.55 lakh) OTR. While this new Cabriolet from the German car-maker is still some time away from its India launch, first UK deliveries will arrive in September. The new C-Class Cabriolet is expected to make its India debut in 2016 and will rival the Audi A3 Cabriolet.
The C-Class Cabriolet comes in two trim lines, Sport and AMG Line, and with a choice of six engines. The range starts with the C 200 which has a 2.0-litre (184 hp) petrol engine and is available with either a six-speed manual or 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. The C 300 features the same 2.0-litre engine with a higher output of 245 hp, and is available only with the 9G-TRONIC gearbox.
The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 petrol engine producing 367 hp. This one can sprint from standstill to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. The C 43 comes with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard, with an adapted shift programme.
Two diesel engines are also available: the 170 hp C 220 d (available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive), with a six-speed manual (rear-drive only) or 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic gearbox; and the C 250 d, which produces 204 hp and comes with a 9G-TRONIC gearbox.
There is a choice of four colours for the electrically-operated multi-layer acoustic soft-top (which can be raised or lowered up to 31 mph): black; dark blue; dark red; and dark brown. Each is available as a no-cost option.
Two model lines are available: Sport and AMG Line. Standard equipment includes Airscarf; Aircap; Memory Package; reversing camera; keyless start and entry (auto only); Garmin Map Pilot navigation system; Mirror Package; heated seats; Active Parking Assist; Agility Control comfort suspension; LED headlights; ambient lighting (auto only); DAB radio; and sports seats in Artico leather.
The Sport model comes with a gloss black interior trim with brushed aluminium, 17-inch alloy wheels and a diamond grille with black-painted pins.
For a £1,495 price increase over Sport, AMG Line includes black ash wood trim with brushed aluminium; an AMG sports steering wheel with flat bottom; brushed steel sports pedals and a black roof lining. The exterior features an AMG bodystyling kit; 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels; a diamond grille with chrome pins and 15mm lowered sports suspension.
The Mercedes-AMG C 43 adds the following as standard: 18-inch alloys with five-spoke design; AMG performance exhaust system; brake pads with ‘AMG’ lettering; Artico and Dinamica upholstery; black mirror housings; and ‘BITURBO 4MATIC’ lettering on the front wings.
Premium Plus package is available as an option on the the C-Class Cabriolet for £1,395. This includes the COMAND Online infotainment system and Burmester surround sound system (consisting of 13 speakers).
The Driving Assistance Package (£1,695) – only available in conjuction with automatic transmissions – includes: active blind spot assist; active lane-keeping assist; Distronic Plus with steering assist; BAS Plus with crosswind assist; Pre-safe Plus; and Pre-safe Brake with pedestrian detection.
The range-topping Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet costs £65,685 (INR 62.70 lakh). With a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine and AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed automatic gearbox, the C 63 produces 476 hp and 650 Nm, and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds. The £72,245 (INR 68.96 lakh) Mercedes-AMG C 63 S produces 510 hp and 700 Nm, with zero to 62 mph taking 4.1 seconds.
Standard equipment on the C 63 Cabriolet includes: AMG steering wheel in Nappa leather; Nappa leather upholstery; AMG performance exhaust system; spoiler lip (in vehicle colour); and ‘V8 BITURBO’ lettering on the wings. The C 63 S adds: AMG performance seats (£1,405 option on C 63); AMG steering wheel in Nappa leather and Dinamica; 19-inch alloys; an electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential.
For £1,295, the optional Premium Package features: Intelligent Light System with adaptive highbeam assist; Burmester surround sound; and Artico dashboard (with Nappa leather look).
As with the C-Class Coupé, a limited-edition C63 S Edition 1 is available from launch. It features unique details including diamond-stitched nappa leather upholstery in black and brown; matt carbon fibre interior trim; bespoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, and is available for £78,295 (INR 74.74 lakh).