Today provided a bit of excitement for us at Mercedes-Benz of Cary. Several automotive sources relayed information about the recently spied Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet. While the German automaker may have placed great effort in disguising this highly-anticipated variant, its body styling and shape make it recognizable. When it debuts, this model marks the first time that the C-Class will offer a drop-top. This Cabriolet is anticipated to be unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
A few characteristics will differentiate this model from competitors like Audi and BMW, including frameless windows and a folding soft-top – as opposed to a retractable hard-top. Mercedes-Benz continues to refuse disclosing further details, which is certainly effective at heightening our anticipation for its debut. We can, however, likely expect a few features that have become standard with these luxury automobiles. This model will likely offer the AIRSCARF® heating system, as well as the AIRCAP® that deflects air from entering the cabin to reduce turbulence.
Based on other models in its class, the Cabriolet will likely house a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 capable of generating 480 horsepower in the AMG® variant.
Photographers spotted the camo-wrapped prototype, still in early development, just a few miles from the company’s test center in Sindelfingen, Germany. This confirms Mercedes-Benz’s intentions to compete in its entry-level class against rivals that already offer a Cabriolet. We will see how things develop in the coming months and will be sure to cover the Frankfurt Motor Show.