Mercedes-Benz has this week introduced a host of new cabriolet products in South Africa, including topless derivatives of the C- and S-Class models. Let’s take a closer look at what the C-Class cabriolet has to offer.
Summer is here and Mercedes-Benz has seemingly timed the launch of its new C- and S-Class Cabriolets perfectly. The new droptops are launching in South Africa this week and we will be driving them, so look out for our first drive impressions later this week.
Until then, take a look at the specs and pricing for the C-Class Cabriolet below.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Details
Four C-Class Cabriolet models are on offer in the form of the petrol-powered C200, C300 and range-topping C43 4MATIC, as well as the diesel-powered C220d.
The C220d offers 125 kW and 400 Nm of torque from its 2.1-litre turbodiesel engine. The sprint to 100 kph will take 8.3 seconds before reaching a limited top speed of 231 kph and Mercedes-Benz claims a fuel consumption figure of 4.5 L/100 km.
The petrol-powered line-up kicks off with the C200, offering 135 kW and 300 Nm of torque from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. Acceleration to 100 kph is claimed at 8.2 seconds with a top speed of 235 kph. In terms of fuel consumption, Mercedes-Benz claims 6.0 L/100 km.
The more powerful C300 develops 180 kW and 370 Nm of torque from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and can sprint from standstill to 100 kph in 6.4 seconds before reaching a top speed of 250 kph. Fuel consumption for the C300 is rated at 6.7 L/100 km.
The C-Class Cabriolet range is headed by the range-topping C43 4MATIC featuring a six-cylinder 3.0-litre turbocharged engine that develops 270 kW and 520 Nm of torque. Mercedes-Benz claims a fuel consumption figure of 8.3 L/100km for the C43 4MATIC.
A new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is standard across the C-Class Cabriolet range, but is optional for the C200.
Roofless, but not turbulent
Clever features such as AIRCAP and AIRSCARF make topless motoring more comfortable, more often.
In terms of features, AIRMATIC air suspension is offered as an option on all C-Class Cabriolet derivatives and if fitted, comes with Dynamic Select as standard (optional with steel suspension) allowing the driver to choose between a sporty, comfortable or fuel-efficient setting. The driver can also choose between various transmission modes including Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.
AIRCAP and AIRSCARF technologies are also offered for the C-Class Cabriolet. AIRCAP is an electronic draught stop system that reduces air turbulence in the cabin when the roof is down. AIRSCARF offers neck-level heating for the driver and front passenger, a handy feature in winter.
The fabric soft-top roof is available in black as standard or optionally in either dark brown, dark blue or dark red. The roof can open or close in under 20 seconds at speeds up to 50 kph. The roof is stored in a soft-top compartment in the boot.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet – Price in South Africa (February 2017)
C-Class Cabriolet C220d - R783 056
C-Class Cabriolet C200 - R709 522
C-Class Cabriolet C300 - R818 674
Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC - R1 058 736
Mercedes-AMG C63 - R1 465 472
Mercedes-AMG C63 S - R1 586 672
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet is sold with a 6-year/100 000 PremiumDrive maintenance plan.
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