W’e’re no stranger to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, as we’ve caught it testing out and about on multiple occasions, but its drop-top cousin appears to be more camera-shy disguising itself with a fake hard-top roof.
The convertible C-Class doesn’t even appear to be a Benz from the front, as the honeycomb grille looks nothing like the redesigned car’s two-bar grille design. We expect the mesh grille is meant to throw us off, just like the fake hard top roof, which will likely give way to a conventional soft top like the one found on the E-Class convertible. While the body cladding makes the convertible look different from the sedan, expect the drop-top to largely resemble its fixed-roof cousin. The sedan’s new design language borrows heavily from the redesigned E- and S-Class, but also takes cues from the CLA. The convertible also retains the sedan’s profile as you can see from its long hood and short, truncated rear.
To distance itself from the upcoming CLA-Class four-door, the C-Class is moving upmarket and will offer convertible, wagon, and coupe body styles in addition to the sedan. The lineup will include a wide range of engines, including a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 and a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel, which will likely be the same mill found in the GLK250. Also in the works are hybrid and all-wheel-drive models.