Mercedes has released a teaser sketch of its upcoming C Class Cabriolet due to show up in Geneva at the beginning of March.

Mercedes has released a teaser sketch of its upcoming C Class Cabriolet due to show up in Geneva at the beginning of March.

The main highlight of the Mercedes booth in Geneva will be the open-top C Class which our spies have spotted numerous times in recent months performing testing. As you would expect from teasers, the attached sketch is more exciting than the real deal which will closely follow the C Class Coupe, sans the fixed metal roof. A virtually undisguised prototype caught on camera towards the end of last year confirmed the switch from a coupe to a cabriolet body style won’t bring any significant design changes.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing as the C Class Coupe is a looker and as a consequence its fabric roof equivalent will also boast an attractive design. As you would expect from a Mercedes cabriolet, it will be offered with the usual AIRSCARF neck-level heating and AIRCAP air-deflection systems. The interior will closely echo the coupe, but with additional buttons to control the electric top.

It’s the same story with the engine lineup that will be borrowed from the coupe and will be expanded later on by the addition of a biturbo 3.0-liter V6. It will be installed in the Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet planned with 362 horsepower (270 kilowatts) and 383 pound-feet (520 newton meters). All that power will be transferred to the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system via an automatic transmission. The hardware will grant the warm C Class Cabriolet with a sprint to 62 miles (100 kilometers) per hour in approximately 5 – 5.1 seconds.

Before the year’s end or early 2017, a fully-fledged Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet will join the range with the mighty biturbo 4.0-liter V8. In “S” guise, the engine will push out 503 hp (375 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque which will be enough to achieve the sprint in around four seconds.

Until the hotter versions arrive, expect Mercedes to reveal online the standard C Class Cabriolet in the following weeks before going public in Geneva on March 1.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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