Although the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been fighting a fierce battle against the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 for about two decades now, it was only two years ago, in 2012, that the company finally decided to tackle its rivals with a proper coupe . But the fixed-roof two-door wasn’t followed by a much-needed convertible , with the Stuttgart crew opting to wait for the W205 C-Class to arrive. Now that the brand-new sedan is ready to meet its customers, the very fist C-Class drop-top is in the works and expected to go on sale sometime next year.
The Germans have been working on it since 2013, but development appears to have moved a huge step forward since September, when we last saw the C-Class Convertible prototype wandering the streets. Now spotted near the manufacturer’s R&D center in Sindelfingen, the vehicle lost the body cladding that made it look like an awkwardly chopped ride.
Its sleek appearance is finally starting to take shape, but to get a better idea of what we’re dealing with, we have to ignore the bulky piece that’s covering the soft-top. We also need to ignore the strange round taillights, as they’ll become more familiar once the camouflage is removed.
Like the car, the details around it are still under wraps, but we’re looking at a convertible that’s likely to be lighter than its rivals. That’s because Mercedes wisely decided to develop the model from the ground up and not by slaughtering the coupe and reinforcing it for additional strength.
The drop-top is expected to borrow the entire lineup of engine from the C-Class sedan, which means it’ll cross the pond with a 2.0-liter four-pot and a 3.0-liter V-6 under the hood, both with turbochargers attached to them. A C63 AMG is also likely to arrive, but Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm this scenario.
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