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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Spy Shots

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These are the latest spy shots of a prototype for the convertible version of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which has been confirmed by the automaker’s U.S. chief and expected on the market sometime in 2015, as a 2016 model. The car will be called a C-Class Cabriolet and will be joined by another generation of the C-Class Coupe.

These two-door C-Class variants will be sportier than the sedan on which they’re based. We can already see that the track of this prototype is wider than that of the sedan, and the car looks to be sitting lower. The side mirrors are also mounted to the doors, whereas on the sedan these are mounted at the base of the A-pillar.

As for the roof of the C-Class Cabrio, Mercedes is likely to forgo a retractable hardtop in favor of a lighter and less expensive soft-top, just as it has with the E-Class Cabrio and upcoming S-Class Cabrio.

Engine offerings should match those of the sedans, meaning C300 and C400 models at launch. In the C-Class sedan, the C300 is powered by a 235-horsepower, 273-pound-foot 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder while the C400 gets a 329-horsepower, 354-pound-foot 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6. A seven-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive should be standard.

Other members of the new C-Class family include the aforementioned sedan and coupe, a plug-in hybrid model, a long-wheelbase model, a wagon, a sporty C450 AMG Sport, and high-performance C63 AMG.

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