Our spies have sent us a fresh batch of images with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet set to come out sometime next year.

Our spies have sent us a fresh batch of images with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet set to come out sometime next year.

Mercedes-Benz recently introduced the third member of the C-Class family with the coupe. Now it has shifted focus towards the fourth model, which will take the shape of a cabriolet. It will look pretty much the same as the coupe, but will eschew the fixed metal roof in favor of an electrically retractable soft top that now has been revealed in all its glory courtesy of these spy images showing a near-production prototype. Compared to the coupe, its open-top sibling will have a slightly altered rear end as the trunk has to be reshaped in order to make room for the fabric roof when it’s folded down.

It will have virtually the same engine lineup as the C-Class Coupe, all the way up to the twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter which will power the Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet that was recently spotted testing. This range-topping version will have 476 PS (349 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque in the standard model and 510 PS (375 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) in the even hotter S guise. We estimate the flagship model will complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 4.1 seconds since the slightly lighter coupe needs 3.9 seconds for the same task.

Taking into account this is a convertible, Mercedes-Benz will probably want to have it ready for deliveries in time for the summer of 2016 which is why there is a good chance of seeing an official introduction in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Beyond the cabrio's launch, there could also be a fifth member of the family as latest reports are indicating Mercedes-Benz is cooking up a CLC four-door coupe to rival the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet spy photos show the soft top