The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet version is going to update the offer of the C-Class models that is coming form the German automaker. The C-Class was initially built to rival the Audi A4 models and the BMW 3 Series one but never managed to get close as it did not manage to offer different body styles gave the advantage to its competition. The previous C-Class models only came in sedan, station wagon and coupe options, with the cabriolet one only being a desired one but never completely fulfilled. Finally, the 2017 model year marks the release of the new generation model which also comes with a convertible option.
As most cabrio version are a base vehicle with only the roof chopped off, this is not the case with the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible. This convertible car has been built form ground up and was immediately meant to be a topless model. The Geneva International Auto show is going to be the first time we will get to see the latest C-Class convertible version.
This is going to be a way for Mercedes to enter in the world of refined luxury as this model has been a long time in the making. The firth glimpses of this car were through the spy photos back in 2013, when the model was spotted doing tests. So you see how long did it actually take to bring this project to life. Keep reading the review and see what are the characteristics and specs about this car.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Exterior
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet exterior design looks great. Actually this is thanks to “Sensual Purity” design language which has been incorporated and combined with the cues taken from Mercedes’ last convertible model, namely the S-Class one, it brought about to a more than great kind of a design. With the top on, convertible option of the C-Class has similar dimensions as the coupe version has, with a small difference of 0.2 inches in height.
The front end of the car sports a standard radiator grille which is further complemented by LED headlights. The rear end also has the LED taillights which are a standard for the model. There is some chrome placed on the A-pillars windshield surround and the beltline as well, but this model sits 0.6 inches lower than the sedan version but also comes with some 18-inch wheels as well.
As everyone expected for the model to get a electro-hydraulic convertible metal roof, Mercedes went classic and added a fabric rag top which cuts a bit off the curb weight of the car. The top is made using multilayer materials and can be retracted in 20 seconds. at a speed of 31 mph. The available finishes include a black one, which is the standard choice, and also brown, dark blue, or dark red, but in total there are 12 paint options available.
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The interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet is actually based more on the base version of the C-Class models. In fact in transfers a lot of it even though this car has been built independently from the base model. It uses the layout from the sedan version which includes information display in the gauge cluster, five high climate control vents, a large touchscreen atop the central console and seat adjustment buttons on the doors.
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Of course there are also a lot of convertible specific features which are only present in such models. These include standard AirScarf neck heater, a standard manual folding wind blocker behind the front seats, and vents which are directed at the driver’s hands which deactivate immediately when the roof goes down. Giving a little bit extra will get you a Premium package which will in return give you so much more, like electric AirCap automatic draft stop system. optional heat-reflecting leather, that you get in different colors and many more.
The driver’s side has sport seats that are taken from the C-Class model which offer more back support and there are 13 different upholstery variants and seven trim levels available for you to customize them. The materials used include carbon fiber, aluminum, silver fiber glass, and open-pore wood in either brown or black.
As the release date in the US market gets closer so is the decision final that the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet model will have only one available engine option. Thus the buyers in the US can only opt for a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder which in turn leaves us with an output of 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The choice of having a RWD and an AWD is available to you as well and the specs also say that the car can reach 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. The gearbox that is used 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission as standard and it also comes with different driving modes available.
Release Date and Price
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet arrives in the US next year, although it will be released a bit earlier than that in its respective home market. The release date for the US customers is going to be in the first quarter of 2017. Officially the price has not yet been transferred to US dollars but a possible quite is around $50,000.