As the summer just kicked in, Mercedes is ready to introduces its latest convertible on the UK market. Unveiled during this March Geneva Motor Show, the new C-Class Cabriolet is now available to order, priced from £36,200 with first UK deliveries scheduled to arrive in September.
The C-Class Cabriolet comes in two trim lines, Sport and AMG Line, and with a choice of six engines. The range starts with the C200 which has a 2.0-litre (184 hp) petrol engine and delivers 47.1 mpg on the combined cycle. It is available with either a six-speed manual or 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. The C300 features the same 2.0-litre engine with a higher output of 245 hp, and offers up to 42.2 mpg on the combined cycle. It is available only with the 9G-TRONIC gearbox.
The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 petrol engine producing 367 hp. It can sprint from standstill to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. The C 43 comes with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard, with an adapted shift programme.
Two diesel engines are available: the 170 hp C 220 d (available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive), with a six-speed manual (rear-drive only) or 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic gearbox; and the C 250 d, which produces 204 hp and comes with a 9G-TRONIC gearbox.
Two model lines are available: Sport and AMG Line. Standard equipment includes Airscarf; Aircap; Memory Package; reversing camera; keyless start and entry (auto only); Garmin Map Pilot navigation system; Mirror Package; heated seats; Active Parking Assist; Agility Control comfort suspension; LED headlights; ambient lighting (auto only); DAB radio; and sports seats in Artico leather.
The Sport model comes with a gloss black interior trim with brushed aluminium, 17-inch alloy wheels and a diamond grille with black-painted pins.
For a £1,495 price increase over Sport, AMG Line includes black ash wood trim with brushed aluminium; an AMG sports steering wheel with flat bottom; brushed steel sports pedals and a black roof lining. The exterior features an AMG bodystyling kit; 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels; a diamond grille with chrome pins and 15mm lowered sports suspension.
Premium Plus package is available as an option on the the C-Class Cabriolet for £1,395. This includes the COMAND Online infotainment system and Burmester surround sound system (consisting of 13 speakers).
The Driving Assistance Package (£1,695) – only available in conjuction with automatic transmissions – includes: active blind spot assist; active lane-keeping assist; Distronic Plus with steering assist; BAS Plus with crosswind assist; Pre-safe Plus; and Pre-safe Brake with pedestrian detection.
The range-topping Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet costs £65,685. With a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine and AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed automatic gearbox, the C 63 produces 476 hp and 650 Nm, and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds. The £72,245 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S produces 510 hp and 700 Nm, with zero to 62 mph taking 4.1 seconds.