The new drop-top Merc will be a svelte cruiser and could mark an end of an era.
Mercedes now has a diverse product offering that includes everything from the new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe to stunning station wagons and even hypercars. The company had a phase where it tried to fill every possible niche, regardless of if anybody wanted those niches filled or not (Merc R-Class, we're looking at you). As a result, there's a lot of overlap with various models, and with even more models on the way through electrification, hence, Merc wants to trim some. As a result, the automaker told us earlier this year that cabriolet versions of its vehicles would become less numerous. Despite that, a new C-Class drop top is coming, so what can we expect?
Well, we don't know much beyond that the C-Class Convertible will live on for at least one more generation. The only reason we know this is because we've seen spy shots of a heavily camouflaged prototype testing in Europe. That said, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know what's coming, as traditional, mass-market offerings like this tend to follow the same recipe time and time again.
Expect largely the same features and perhaps a handful fewer powertrains than the sedan version. The base model is expected to be the C300, with a 2.0-liter turbo-four delivering in the region of 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The same lighting elements as the sedan and a selection of glossy and matte finishes will be offered.
Inside, Merc will doubtless fit its AIRSCARF neck-warmers to the car, a 12.3-inch digital driver display, and an 11.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display with MBUX operating software. There will be numerous leather and trim options to choose from, and various colors will be available for the soft-top roof.
We'll have more details soon, but until then, we can't confirm whether Mercedes meant that slimming the convertible offering would translate to the death of the AMG convertible. It seems possible, but with BMW still in the market with its recently revealed M4 Convertible, we doubt it. As for when it will arrive, we don't expect to see anything before the fourth quarter.