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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet revealed

The new open-top Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will go on sale this summer

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The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet has been revealed, making its debut at the Geneva motor show before going on sale in the UK this summer.

What is it?

This is the first ever convertible version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It’s based on the C-Class CoupΓ©, but is marginally taller and features unique styling details, in particular, its longer rear deck.

The four-seat convertible comes with a fabric folding roof, which can be opened or closed in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. When folded away, the roof is stored in the boot. Mercedes-Benz already has a large range of C-Class vehicles, and the Cabriolet will join the existing saloon, Estate and CoupΓ© versions when it goes on sale.

What engines can I choose from?

The C-Class Cabriolet shares the same engine range as the CoupΓ©; at launch, it will comprise of two diesels and six petrols.

The two diesels, the C220 d and C250 d, offer 168bhp and 201bhp respectively. The C220 d returns up to 62.7mpg while emitting 116g/km. It’s capable of reaching 62mph in 8.3sec, and has a top speed of 144mph. The C250 d, meanwhile, manages the same 0-62mph sprint in 7.2sec, and returns up to 61.4mpg.

The entry-level C180 petrol produces 154bhp, with the C200, C250, C300 and C400 gaining in power up to 328bhp. The quickest option here, the C400, can reach 62mph in 8.0sec, and emits 181g/km of CO2.

The C220 d, C200 and C400 also get four-wheel drive thanks to Mercedes’ 4Matic system.

The range-topping C43 4Matic Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with 362bhp; it can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 4.8sec. This version also receives an AMG bodykit and subtle interior tweaks. Drivers can choose to pair these engines to Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic gearbox.

What equipment does it come with?

It should come as no surprise to find that the interior of the C-Class Cabriolet is almost identical to that of the CoupΓ©. Finishing touches include heat-reflective leather and a switch on the centre console to open and close the fabric roof.

The equipment list is extensive, while options include Mercedes’ Airmatic air suspension system and firmer sports suspension.

Safety systems include autonomous emergency braking, a collision warning and a driver monitoring system. Buyers can also choose from active lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree parking assistance program and pedestrian detection.

How much does it cost?

Prices for the C-Class Cabriolet haven’t been revealed yet, but we expect it to command a premium over the C-Class CoupΓ© on which it is based. That car currently starts at Β£30,995. As the C-Class Cabriolet is a brand new model, don’t expect large discounts to be available for a while yet.

How good are its rivals?

Chief rivals for the new C-Class Cabriolet include the Audi A3 Cabriolet and the BMW 4 Series Convertible. The Audi A3 Cabriolet is a five-star car on What Car? while the open-top BMW gets four stars.