The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, surprisingly, has never had a drop-top variant. It appears as if that is all about to change, as the German luxury car builder has just revealed a teaser image showing off a topless C-Class. According to reports, this new, unlimited-headroom compact should hit the show circuit in March and the Geneva Auto Show.
If the teaser image and the C-Class Coupe are any indications, this convertible will be about as sexy as they come. The new curves and body lines introduced by the new C-Class Coupe’s design flow quite nicely with the top down. According to reports, the C-Class, like the BMW 4 Series convertible, will use a fabric top in lieu of a folding hard top that folds beneath a panel just fore of the trunk. This not only reduces weight, but also helps reduce the amount of trunk space gobbled up by the top.
When the C-Class Convertible finally does debut, look for it to initially arrive in the base C300 trim with Mercedes’ 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot that produces 241 horsepower under its hood. Following the C300 Convertible’s debut, look for additional variants to arrive that keep pace with more-potent versions of the 4 Series, including a C63 model and possibly a C43 version.
Look for the midrange C43—the replacement for the C450 AMG Sport—Convertible to make use of a 362-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 to tango with the 300-horsepower 435i Convertible. The C63 Convertible, on the other hand, will use the newish 4.0-liter V-8 and its 469 to 503 horsepower to stare down the M4 Convertible and its 425-horsepower twin-turbo six-cylinder engine.
Following its debut in Geneva, look for the 2017 C-Class Convertible to roll into showrooms in the fall of 2016. Pricing remains unknown at this point, but we should learn more as we approach its release date.