The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A205) was caught on camera performing testing procedures on public roads in the pouring rain.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A205) was caught on camera performing testing procedures on public roads in the pouring rain.

After coming out with the C-Class Coupe (C205), Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to chop off its fixed metal roof and replace it with a soft top as seen in the attached footage. The video was recorded recently in Germany and shows a prototype being tested on public roads in heavy rain, so obviously the electrically retractable fabric roof was in position.

Aside from the new top, there won’t be any other significant body differences between the cabriolet and the coupe. However, the rear end will go through some changes and the trunk will be smaller to make room for the top when folded. Although it will compete directly with the BMW 4-Series Convertible, there is going to be a major difference between the two as its Bavarian nemesis has a heavier hard top.

Like you would expect to see on a convertible with the three-pointed star, the new C-Class Cabriolet will be offered with the AIRCAP (air deflector) and AIRSCARF (neck-level heating) systems. It will be a tad heavier than the C-Class Coupe as the body will need some reinforcements to maintain rigidity, while the roof mechanism will also add more bulk.

Chances are Mercedes-Benz will officially introduce the C-Class Convertible in March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show, so deliveries should start in time for the summer.

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