• 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

Opulence and atmosphere in a compact package

Although the C-Class has always been Mercedes’ answer to the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, it was never available in as many body styles as its competitors. Merc only offered it as a sedan, station wagon, and coupe, but now, that all changes, as the latest generation will include a convertible in its lineup. Mercedes didn’t just chop the roof off the coupe – rather, this cabrio was developed from the ground up to be topless. Now, with the veil dropped on the regular 2016 C-Class two-door, the C-Class Cabriolet makes its official debut at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.

Pre-production prototypes of the C-Class cab were spotted on the road as early as 2013, which goes to show just how long it’s been in development. Mercedes frames it as an accessible entry into the world of refined luxury with unlimited headroom, and endowed the compact with all the goods you’d expect along the way.

Updated 03/01/2016: Mercedes dropped full specs on the new C-Class Cabriolet. Read on for all the details!

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet.

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Taking cues from the latest S-Class Cabriolet and the “Sensual Purity” design language, the C-Class Cabriolet looks quite similar to its segment stable mates. In fact, put the top up, and the C-Class Cabriolet sports nearly identical exterior dimensions as the coupe, with only a 0.2-inch discrepancy in height (the convertible is taller).

Made from a multi-layer material, the top can be opened and closed in less than 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph

In front, there’s a diamond radiator grille plus standard LED headlights, while LEDs are used for the taillights as well. There’s chrome trim used on the A-pillar, windshield surround, and beltline, and the stance is 0.6 inches lower than the sedan for a sportier appearance. Tucked under the fenders are 18-inch wheels.

Despite having nearly two decades of experience with electro-hydraulic convertible metal roofs, the C-Class will use a “classic” fabric rag top, which no doubt cuts a little off the curb weight and final MSRP. Made from a multi-layer material, the top can be opened and closed in less than 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. Mercedes also says it designed the top to keep road and wind noise at a minimum, and preserve cabin temperatures.

Buyers get the top in a black finish as standard, with dark brown, dark blue, or dark red offered as options. There are also 12 paint options for the body.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 111.8 inches
Length 184.5 inches
Width 71.2 inches
Height 55.5 inches


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Inside, you’ll find a cabin that’s based on the existing C-Class sedan in terms of look and layout

Inside, you’ll find a cabin that’s based on the existing C-Class sedan in terms of look and layout, with a driver’s information display in the gauge cluster, a large touchscreen atop the central console, five high climate control vents (three centrally located, two in the corners), and seat adjustment buttons on the doors. However, there are also several convertible-specific features that seek to “extend the open-top driving season to the entire year.”

First up is the standard AirScarf neck heater, which integrates with the head restraints to keep you toasty. The climate control system will pump hot air through the vents towards the driver’s hands, and deactivate air circulation when it detects the roof is down. There’s also a standard manual folding wind blocker behind the front seats.

For a little extra, you can opt for Premium package, which includes the electric AirCap automatic draft stop system. This integrates with the roof frame behind the rear seats for less “turbulence” at the press of a button. You can also get the optional heat-reflecting leather, offered in five different colors.

Up front are sport seats pulled from the C-Class coupe, offering large lateral support bolsters. There are 13 different upholstery variants and seven trim levels available. Materials include aluminum, carbon fiber, and silver fiber glass, as well as open-pore wood in either brown or black. There’s a curved switch in matte silver chrome to activate the roof, and several colors for the soft top liner, including black, porcelain, and crystal grey.

For infotainment, there’s a clever “Frontbass” feature, which uses the body structure to create a “resonance chamber” and enhance lower tones. Options include a premium Burnmester stereo, and the COMAND Online system, which throws in a larger, 8.4-inch display, hard-drive navigation, an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot, and voice control.

Finally, the rear seats have a through-loading, 50:50 split feature.


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The new C-Class Cabriolet is offered with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque

For the U.S. market there’s currently only one powerplant available for the C-Class Cabriolet – a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Both RWD and AWD are offered. Mercedes quotes identical acceleration and top speed figures regardless of the number of drive wheels, with 6.3 seconds to 60 mph for the former, and 130 mph for the latter. A standard start-stop feature curbs emissions.

If you’re looking for a little more than the above-mentioned four-banger, check out our review of the AMG C 43, which lays down 367 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, as well as all the accompanying performance bells and whistles.

All C-Class Cabriolet models come equipped with the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission as standard. This uses a variety of settings for various driving modes, including “Eco,” “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport Plus,” and the maximally customizable “Individual.”

Chassis And Handling

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Mercedes says that, from the get-go, it developed the C-Class with the intention of creating a cabriolet variant. The result is a roofless design that doesn’t come with overt losses in structural rigidity.

It all starts with Mercedes’ Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform, which incorporates copious amounts of aluminum and high-strength steel. Aluminum was also used for the fenders, hood, and trunk lid, keeping the Cabriolet as light as possible.

The handling and ride are augmented by the optional AirMatic air suspension system, which uses electronically controlled, continuously variable damping for optimal settings in a variety of conditions.

Safety And Convenience

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As you’d expect, there is an extensive airbag system as standard, including adaptive front airbags, kneebags, pelvis bags, and windowbags on the edges of the door panels. There’s also a standard pyrotechnically fired rollover protection system.

A suite of online and remote access features come standard as well, such as automatic emergency call, Accident Recovery, and roadside assistance. In addition, this system allows you to remotely access info like window and door status, current mileage, tire pressure, and more.

Attention Assist can detect when the driver is inattentive or drowsy

But, per usual, there are plenty of additional high-tech safety features, such as Attention Assist, which can detect when the driver is inattentive or drowsy (comes with adjustable levels of sensitivity). There’s also Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which issues a visual and audible warning when an impending frontal collision is detected. Parking Assist provides “semi-automated parking” and additional visibility via an around view camera, while Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus can actively reduce glare for oncoming traffic. Finally, there’s Adaptive Brake Assist, which provides boosted brake pressure when needed, and forward emergency braking, which works at speeds up to 122 mph.

A more comprehensive safety system is offered with the optional Driving Assistance package, which adds Distronic Plus (adaptive cruise control), Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection (automatic braking), and Active Lane Keeping Assist.


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There’s nothing official on pricing as of this writing, but we’re expecting the C-Class Cabriolet to start at just under $50,000 here in the U.S.

There will also be an available “Sport Package” for those who don’t wanna go full AMG, which throws in new bumpers, new side skirts, a grille with chrome pins, new 18-inch alloy wheels, a flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel, sport pedals, firmer suspension, the Sport Direct-Steer system, and larger brakes.

There will also be limited numbers of “Edition 1” variants, which will come in both RWD and AWD.

Whatever your choice, look for the C-Class Cabriolet to become available late this summer.


BMW 4 Series Convertible

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Sporting a retractable hard top as standard, the 4 Series Convertible comes with two engine choices for U.S. consumers, with the 428i as the base model, and the 435i as the range-topper. The roof is a rather complicated three-piece unit, which adds quite a bit of weight compared with the 4 Series Coupe. This is compounded by the fact that the model wasn’t developed independently from the fixed-roof version.

In other words, despite a decent amount of oomph, the 4 Series Convertible is pretty slow. Those preferring something with a sportier nature can always opt for the M4 Convertible, which starts at $72,500 and comes with a twin-turbo inline-six churning out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Apart from the M4 version, all 4 Series models in the U.S. are available with the optional xDrive AWD system.

Read the full review on the BMW 4 Series Convertible here.

Audi A5 Convertible

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Setting itself apart from the pack, the Audi comes with quattro AWD as standard, no matter the engine choice. Powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger with 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the A5 Cabriolet is not exactly a thoroughbred sports car, but those who want more can always go for the brawnier S5 Cabriolet.

Equipped with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 making 329 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, the S5 still plays second fiddle to the RS5 Cabriolet, which comes with a high-revving, naturally-aspirated, 4.2-liter V-8 with 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque.

Read the full review on the Audi A5 Convertible here.


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With both Audi and BMW offering convertible versions of their entry-level sedans for quite a few generations now, it was about time Mercedes jumped on the open-top bandwagon with the C-Class. The only major problem facing the 2016 C-Class Cabrio comes from within its own stable – more specifically, the E-Class Cabriolet. Since the current model is actually based on the old C-Class platform, it’s not a whole lot bigger than its little brother. On the other hand, both models will be priced differently and directed towards different customers, so they shouldn’t step on each other’s toes too much.

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    • * Cloth roof is pretty low tech for a Mercedes
    • * BMW and Audi have both been doing it longer
    • * Similar dimensions as the E-Class Cabriolet

Updated history

Updated 02/15/2016: Mercedes dropped a first teaser image for the upcoming C-Class Cabriolet set to be unveiled in early March at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.

Updated 11/23/2015: The upcoming Mercedes C-Class Convertible was caught testing on the road, during rainy conditions. Hit play to see the upcoming convertible in action.

Updated 11/13/2015: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming C-Class Convertible out for a new testing session. For the first time the car was spotted wearing its real fabric roof - meaning that the previous rumors suggesting the car will get a folding hardtop instead of a fabric roof were wrong.

Updated 02/04/2015: Based on the latest spy shots, we’ve created a very cool rendering for the upcoming C-Class Convertible. Check it out after the jump.

Updated 05/16/2014: We have created a rendering for the upcoming C-Class Convertible. Check it out after the jump.

Spy Shots

November 13, 2015 - Mercedes C-Class Convertible revealing its fabric roof

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February 9, 2015 - Mercedes C-Class Convertible testing during winter conditions

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October 20, 2014 - Mercedes C-Class Convertible reveals new details

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July 11, 2014 - Mercedes C-Class Convertible caught testing once again

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May 15, 2014 - Mercedes C-Class Convertible changes its clothes

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Press Release

Mercedes-Benz is launching into the open-air season with the first cabriolet based on the C-Class, thereby rounding off its range of cabriolets with a classic fabric soft top. The new cabriolet’s design interprets modern luxury with a youthful touch. Featuring plenty of high-quality details, its distinctive character is most apparent when the top is down. The cabriolet is optionally available with the AIRCAP automatic draught stop system and AIRSCARF neck-level heating – for exceptional comfort during open-top driving 365 days a year. Efficient, powerful engines delivering between 115 and 270 kW (156 to 367 hp) and a suspension designed for dynamics (with optional AIRMATIC air suspension) ensure sportily agile handling. The new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for all engine variants. Also on board: proven assistance systems and state-of-the-art infotainment. The new C-Class Cabriolet launches in summer 2016.

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"Our new C-Class Cabriolet is the entry into the world of premium cabriolets from Mercedes-Benz. Sporty and youthful in character and styling, it offers unadulterated open-air driving pleasure all year round," says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Sporty and youthful

As the new entry-level model into the cabriolet world of Mercedes-Benz, the C‑Class Cabriolet is also a consistent embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy: sensual purity as the definition of contemporary luxury. It exhibits an independence of character with a visibly sporty expression and youthfully fresh appeal.

With its top up, the profile of the new two-door cabriolet resembles that of the C‑Class Coupé with virtually identical basic dimensions: with a striking front end featuring a diamond radiator grille, LED High Performance headlamps, long bonnet and high beltline. Its tightly stretched soft top with glass window transitions harmoniously into the distinctly styled rear end, which has a highly sporty look with its wide shoulders and flat LED tail lights. With a capacity of 360 litres (285 litres with the roof open), the boot is capable of holding an exceptional amount of luggage for a cabriolet, thus offering high everyday practicality.

At the sides, an elongated dropping line extending over the rear wheel arch lends an emphasis typical of Mercedes-Benz design. Thanks to its 15 millimetre lower suspension as standard compared with the Saloon, the vehicle already gives a sporty impression with its 17-inch standard tyres, underlining the sporty character of the Cabriolet, which excels aerodynamically with a cd value of 0.28.

AMG version with distinct looks

The same dropping line is taken up by the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet which, however, has an even sportier look with its distinct AMG design and specific light-alloy wheels. It thus underscores the progressive nature and performance of the brand.

Exterior and interior from the same mould

With the roof open, the meticulously coordinated harmony between exterior and interior design becomes apparent. High-grade details include chrome trim on A‑pillar and windscreen as well as a beltline moulding, which extends as far as the soft-top compartment, which it borders with a broad chrome trim.

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Premium-class fabric soft top

The fully automatic classic cabriolet fabric soft top comes in black in the basic variant or is optionally available with a multi-layer acoustic soft top in dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black. It significantly reduces the wind/driving noise. This is made noticeable in the form of improved speech intelligibility, including at high speeds, and better insulation from disruptive ambient noise. The acoustic soft top thus offers optimal climate comfort and quiet-running characteristics.

Based on the S-Class Cabriolet, the soft top also meets high quality standards in terms of durability and function. It can be opened and closed in less than 20 seconds up to a speed of 50 km/h. After opening, it folds down quietly and carefully and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the boot. In terms of its shape and colour, the cover of the soft-top compartment is an integral part of the interior and is made of the same material as the beltline.

Interior – modernity and lifestyle

The occupants enjoy an ambience that, while based on the interior of the C-Class Saloon, offers a fresh interpretation with typical cabriolet features. Especially high-grade materials and build quality give the interior a modern feel of sportiness and lifestyle. The equipment includes heat-reflecting leather in a total of five colour shades (optional) as well as a curved switch in matt silver chrome in the centre console for opening and closing the fully automatic cabriolet soft top. Based on the Coupé, the sport seats feature an integral look with muscular side bolsters and organically integrated head restraints as well as optional AIRSCARF neck-level heating. Automatic belt extenders as standard help the occupants with buckling up.

The rear seats are in the form of individual seats. Their backrests offer a through-loading feature, can be split 50:50 for high everyday practicality and can be completely folded down.

AMG with special details

The interior of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet reinforces the consistently dynamic bias of the performance brand with numerous specially designed details. Ideal for a committed driving style, the multifunction sports steering wheel in black leather features a flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching, and sits perfectly in the hand.

Individual highlights

The Cabriolet already comes as standard with a high equipment specification, which is augmented by a wide range of individualisation options (some examples: 13 upholstery variants, such as designo Bengal red / black, seven trim variants, four soft-top colours, twelve paint finishes – including a matt finish, leather-covered instrument panel). The roof liner of the soft top is available in black, porcelain and crystal grey. Numerous trim elements in sporty aluminium, carbon fibre or glass fibre are complemented by authentic open-pore wood species in shades of brown and black.

The AMG Line is available as an alternative to underline the dynamism of the Cabriolet. It differs by virtue of exterior features such as special bumpers and sills with AMG bodystyling, a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. In the interior, the AMG Line comes with sporty, exclusive highlights, including a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section as well as AMG sports pedals.

At the market launch an Edition 1 will be available for a limited time. With a host of perfectly coordinated equipment lines, it combines sportiness with lifestyle, thus perfectly fitting with the sporty-modern look of the new cabriolet.

Summer is included

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Customers opting for a cabriolet like to drive as often as possible with the top down. The fact that, also in the C-Class Cabriolet – as in the E- and S-Class Cabriolets – the occupants can enjoy maximum open-air comfort is made possible by AIRCAP and AIRSCARF, which make the joys of fresh air pleasant even at low temperatures.

Inconspicuously integrated into the roof frame, the electric AIRCAP draught stop system was specially developed for Mercedes-Benz cabriolets and is coupled to an electric draught stop behind the rear seats, which reduces the interior turbulence also for the rear passengers at the press of a button. AIRCAP is part of the Cabriolet Comfort package, which also includes AIRSCARF neck-level heating for the driver and front passenger. The combination of these two systems extends the open-top season to the entire year.

Alternatively, there is also the option of a retrofitted manual folding draught stop behind the front seats. This noticeably stops draughts in the front seats.

Suspension: sportily agile and comfortable

The suspension offers a high level of comfort with low road roar and tyre vibration characteristics while ensuring agile driving dynamics – the basis for driving enjoyment. The suspension on the Cabriolet, which is 15 millimetres lower in comparison with the Saloon, comes as standard with steel springs with a selective damping system. An optional sports suspension with firmer springing and damping, including the Sports Direct-Steer system, makes for even more agile handling.

Riding on air

The Cabriolet is optionally available with AIRMATIC air suspension. Its electronically controlled, continuously adjustable damping on the front and rear axles ensures low road roar and tyre vibration characteristics in every situation.

DYNAMIC SELECT – standard with AIRMATIC and optionally available with a steel suspension – allows the driver to choose their desired setting: sporty, comfortable or fuel-efficient. To this end, the driver can select one of five transmission modes using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch: "ECO", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport Plus" and "Individual". Selecting "Individual" allows the driver to customise the vehicle settings to suit their personal preferences.

Dynamic: 4 and 6-cylinder engines and, for the first time, 4MATIC

Powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines with ECO start/stop function and an extensive 4MATIC range make for sporty performance and driving pleasure all year round. All are compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standard.

Six petrol engines are available for the Cabriolet. The range of outputs extends from the 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit in the C 180 rated at115 kW (156 hp) to the 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet (270 kW/367 hp). The C 200 is optionally available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

The diesel models are powered by a four-cylinder engine delivering125 kW(170 hp) in the C 220 d or 150 kW(204 hp) in the C 250 d and are equipped with eco-friendly SCR technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) for exhaust aftertreatment. 4MATIC is available for the C 220 d.

The new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission can be ordered for all engine variants.

Light and safe bodyshell

In a cabriolet, the lack of a roof often results in reduced body stiffness. This fact was taken into consideration by the designers in developing the C-Class Saloon. This allowed them to adapt the bodyshell at the front end and on the floor to meet the particular needs of the Cabriolet. Consequently, this model, too, features an exemplary stiff design of the kind required for high driving dynamics.

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The Coupé’s intelligent lightweight construction with a high proportion of aluminium was retained - among others, the wings, bonnet and boot lid are made of light alloy. The Cabriolet not only meets all current national and international laws, but also all rating requirements as well as the more stringent internal Mercedes-Benz safety requirements, which are based on what actually happens in a real-world accident.

Safe semi-autonomous driving to reduce stress

There are many safety and assistance systems based on the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive concept to choose from. ATTENTION ASSIST with adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness, is included as standard. Further standard equipment includes COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. In addition to a visual proximity warning and an additional audible collision warning, it includes Adaptive Brake Assist, which can help prevent collisions by boosting the brake pressure to suit the situation. When a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 200 km/h, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stationary vehicles or, in the best-case scenario, even avoiding a collision altogether. At speeds of up to 50 km/h, the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles and is thus able to help prevent rear-end collisions at up to 40 km/h.

The optionally available Driving Assistance package includes additional assistance systems that have been significantly extended in terms of their functions. As part of the Intelligent Drive concept, these merge data from various sensor technologies, such as radar sensors and stereo camera, and thus make for significantly enhanced safety and comfort. These functions include for example DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot or the PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection plus the Brake Assist BAS PLUS, which also offers situation-adaptive brake boosting if there is a risk of collision from crossing traffic. A further function of the Driving Assistance package is Active Lane Keeping Assist, which is capable of preventing unintentional lane departure by means of one-sided, lane-correcting application of the brakes. The system intervenes if the driver crosses a solid lane marking and can assist even in the case of discontinuous lane markings if there is a risk of collision with a vehicle in the adjacent lane.

The multiplicity of assistance systems also includes a Parking Assist for semi-automated parking; a 360° camera for assistance during parking and manoeuvring; a camera and navigation-based Traffic Sign Assist with wrong-way warning function as well as Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, which allows continuous high beam by selectively blanking out other vehicles from the high-beam light cone.

Safe protection

In an accident, optimal protection is afforded by the high structural safety of the body as well as by the restraint systems, especially the comprehensive complement of airbags. These include:

adaptive front airbags for driver and front passenger
a kneebag on the driver’s side
thorax/pelvis bags for driver and front passenger
windowbags integrated in the top edges of the front door panels

The roll-over protection system is specific to the Cabriolet. It consists of two cartridges that are fully retracted behind the rear seats and therefore invisible. If a roll-over is imminent, these cartridges are pyrotechnically fired, whereupon they shoot out to provide a survival space together with the A-pillar.

Sensitive climate control for open-air driving

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Specially developed for cabriolets, the climate control system responds to whether the vehicle is being driven with the roof up or down. With the roof closed, the system performs in the same way as in the Coupé. With the soft top down, the climate control system adapts by, for example, blowing warmer air onto the driver’s hands on the steering wheel and deactivating the air recirculation function. The special adjustments for open-top driving make allowance for whether cooling or heating is required and respond sensitively to the transition zones in between.

Vibrant infotainment experience

Intuitive operation with animations and visual effects is offered by the infotainment system. Frontbass ensures a listening experience almost on a par with a concert hall – especially if the optionally available Burmester® sound system has been specified. The Frontbass system uses the space within the cross-member and side member in the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers.

The navigation system, which supplies the driver with precise traffic information in real time (Live Traffic Information), processes its contents interactively. Its features include an animated compass and a "Drive Show" with information for passengers similar to the on-screen presentations on an airliner.

Extensive networking even in the basic version

A Bluetooth®-compatible mobile phone with data option is all it takes to give the Audio 20 system internet capability. This allows internet surfing without restriction when the vehicle is stationary. Mercedes-Benz apps can be used while driving. Audio and video playback is possible from various sources.

The alternatively available COMAND Online system provides not only a larger display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, but it also optionally allows digital TV/radio reception, for example, while offering fast hard-drive navigation, integral WiFi hotspot functionality and LINGUATRONIC voice control as well as many other features.

The basic Audio 20 system as well as Audio 20 CD and COMAND Online all offer basic telephony as standard, which links up a mobile phone to the vehicle via a standardised Bluetooth® interface.

Mercedes me connect: connected with the car

Like other models, the new C-Class Cabriolet comes with an extensive range of free Standard Services and Remote Online Services as part of the "Mercedes me connect" package. Standard Services include automatic emergency call, Accident Recovery as well as breakdown assistance and after-sales service. The Remote Online services make it possible at any time and from anywhere to access vehicle information such as the status of windows and doors, mileage, tyre pressures and other diagnostic data. There is also a Vehicle Tracker function as well as remote door locking and unlocking.

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