Mercedes-Benz has taken a can opener to its World Car of the Year winner to deliver one of the most stylish cabriolets in the segment. And now we also know what the C-Class Cabrio will cost when it arrives in South Africa, just in time for spring!
The big news with the arrival of the new C-Class Cabriolet is, of course, its folding roof. As is the case with some other brands, the love affair with folding hard-tops appear to be over and Mercedes-Benz has stuck with the traditional fabric option for its newcomer. Mercedes-Benz claims that its fabric soft top offers optimal climate comfort and quiet-running characteristics. A number of colour options are offered, including dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black. The roof of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet can be opened and closed in just under 20 seconds at speeds of up to 50 kph.
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Comfort in abundance
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet boasts the company's trademark AIRSCARF system which gently blows warm air at neck level. Another notable feature is AIRCAP, which reduces the interior wind turbulence (also for the rear passengers) at the press of a button. AIRCAP and AIRSCARF are part of the Cabriolet Comfort package and Mercedes-Benz says that these two systems mean you can drop the top even in winter.
The C-Class Cabriolet also appears to offer commendable practicality. The rear seats are individual items, but there is a through-loading feature and they can be split 50:50 as well as be folded completely flat. With a cargo-carrying capacity of 360L (285L with the roof open), the boot is capable of holding a reasonable amount of luggage for a cabriolet.
Airmatic suspension means quality ride
The Cabriolet is optionally available with AIRMATIC air suspension. This is an electronically controlled, continuously adjustable damping system on the front and rear axles that also contributes to lower road noise and tyre vibration. Several driving modes are offered, including Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. Selecting Individual allows the driver to customise the vehicle settings to suit his/her personal preferences. Suspension stiffness, transmission shift speed and engine responsiveness can be individually tweaked.
Engines and transmission options
The extensive engine line-up includes a variety of four- and six-cylinder powerplants and, for the first time, 4MATIC all-wheel drive makes its debut in this model. The petrol engine line-up stretches from the 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit in the C180 rated at 115kW to the 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in the Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Cabriolet that delivers 270kW. The C200 is optionally available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. In terms of diesel models, a four-cylinder variant delivering 125 kW in the C220d or 150 kW in the C250d, will arguably prove the most popular. 4MATIC is available for the C220d. All derivatives can be ordered with the new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class cabriolet price in South Africa
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class convertible will become available in South Africa during September/October 2016. The prices below include VAT and CO2 tax.
Mercedes-Benz C200 Cabriolet R702 522
Mercedes-Benz C220d Cabriolet R775 356
Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet R810 574
Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet R1 048 336
Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet R1 451 072
Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet R1 571 072