2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class Cabriolet spy shots
These are the first spy shots of prototypes for the convertible version of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C Class, which has already been confirmed
by the automaker’s U.S. chief and is expected on the market sometime in 2015, a full year after the launch of the new C Class sedan.
Public road trials of Mercedes’ new C Class sedan have been underway for more than a year, with numerous spy shots
and even a spy video
already posted on Motor Authority.
However, the C Class convertible, likely to be called a C Class Cabriolet and due as a 2016 model, has only just begun real-world testing.
This prototype is fitted with a lightweight carbon fiber canopy, though this is only a temporary unit designed to hide an automatic folding soft-top roof. Mercedes is likely to forgo a retractable hardtop in favor of the lighter and less expensive soft-top, just as it has with the E Class Cabrio and upcoming S Class Cabrio
On most of the prototypes, the side mirrors are mounted on the doors, whereas on the sedan these are mounted at the base of the A-pillar.
The C Class Cabrio’s wheelbase is also noticeably shorter than that of the C Class sedan, and currently it looks like its rear section is more rounded and a tad wider.
Finally, a glimpse of the interior reveals a conventional, multi-function steering wheel design.
In addition to the regular C Class sedan and this C Class Cabrio, a C Class Coupe will return, as will high-performance AMG models
. It’s not clear if Mercedes will bring over a future C Class Estate wagon variant other markets will receive.
Underpinning the new C Class range is Mercedes’ MRA (Modular Rear-wheel Architecture) platform, which debuts this year in the 2014 S Class
and will eventually spawn most of the automaker’s models from the C Class up.
A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is expected as the base option, while a turbocharged V-6 and possibly new diesel and hybrid options will also be offered. As for transmissions, expect to see an eight- or possibly even a nine-speed automatic
Stay tuned for updates as development of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class Cabrio continues.