Launched recently at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes Benz’s latest offering is as smart and as special as we have come to expect from the brand. The quality and comfort is of an exceptionally high standard across the whole range.
Their latest cabriolet is a four-seater available in a standard C300 variety, as well as a magnificent, more powerful C43 AMG model which has a 3.0-litre turbocharged V-6 engine, to be followed by a C63 and C63 S with twin-turbocharged V-8 later. The more basic C300 is driven by a four-cylinder engine and delivers 241 horsepower, whereas the C43 is a six-cylinder, 362-horsepower example of sheer magnificence. There are choices in terms of petrol and diesel driven engines.
Enthusiasts all seem to agree that the car is stylish and undoubtedly Mercedes in design and performance and every inch as upscale as its saloon and coupe models. Experts believe the C-Class Cabriolet will become a leader among its competition such as BMW’s 435i Convertible and the Audi S5 Cabriolet. Standard is the comfortable AIRSCARF neck-level heating and the optional AIRCAP system that reduces wind for the passengers in the back.
As far as the roof is concerned (which takes about 20 seconds to close electronically) a multi-layered fabric soft top in black is standard; however, you can order yours in dark brown, dark blue or dark red too.
This new cabriolet will feature only the best in infotainment and advanced technological support. Think of a non-touch screen with navigation and limited hands-free abilities, Wi-Fi hotspot, voice and speed control, blind spot monitoring and lane assist among some of its features. Various Dynamic Select driving modes are available to choose from – you decide if you prefer Eco, Sport, Sport Plus or the so-called Individual mode.
Safety systems include Parking Assist with a 360° camera, Collision Prevention Assist, Adaptive Brake Assist and Steering Assist. In case of accidents, airbags have been placed in a number of spots to help minimise injury: adaptive front bags, knee bags and pelvis bags for both driver and front passenger as well as window bags on the front door panels.
The new cabriolet is 4.6m long and 1.8m wide; standard features include LED headlights and the same grill as found on the C-Class Coupe. All dimensions are virtually the same as you would find in the Coupe.
There is every chance the new Mercedes Cabriolet will live up to all expectations in terms of class, performance and reliability. Prices will start at around £37,000. Resale value is likely to be strong, as per previous models, and so when it comes time to sell my car, you probably won’t be disappointed!