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Mercedes-Benz C-Cabriolet and S-Cabriolet - What to expect?

Mercedes-Benz C-Cabriolet and S-Cabriolet - What to expect?
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Tuesday 08 November 2016, 16:35 PM

As part of its plans to strengthen its presence in the Indian market, German automaker Mercedes-Benz will be launching its latest convertibles - the C-Cabriolet and the S-Cabriolet in India tomorrow. The C-Class will be introduced in the C300 variant, while the latter will be offered in the S500 trim only. The C-Cabriolet completes the automaker’s line-up of open-top four-seaters featuring classic soft tops, whereas after 1971, the S-Class Cabriolet is the sixth variant from the S-Class family. Moreover, the S-Class is also the first open-top luxury four-seater from the automaker.

Under the hood, the Mercedes C300 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-charged engine that generates 241bhp and 370Nm of torque. The fairly powerful engine comes mated to a 9G-tronic gearbox allowing the car to sprint from 0 – 100kmph in just about 6.7 seconds with the top speed electronically restricted to 250kmph. The S500 will be powered by a massive 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which also comes mated to 9G-tronic gearbox and generates 442bhp of power and 700Nm of torque. The powerful engine allows the convertible to sprint from 0 – 100kmph in just 4.6 seconds and it is also electronically restricted to 250kmph.

At speeds of up to 50kmph, the three-layer constructed fabric roof in the C300 model opens/closes in about 24 seconds, while the S500 roof can be opened/closed in just about 20 seconds while travelling at same speed. In terms of design, both the cars resemble the sedan versions except for exclusion of rear doors and other minor tweaks. The front will continue to be offered with signature three-pointed star logo, a long bonnet, LED headlamps and tweaked bumpers. As for the rear, it will get the LED taillamp assembly and a smooth tail section.

As for the interior, the C-Cabriolet is expected to be offered with a dual tone dashboard featuring a centre console with high gloss lime wood finish, new touchscreen infotainment system with 3D navigation, leather upholstery, 13-speakers Burmester sound system and much more. The S-Cabriolet on the other hand might get a bigger 12-inch TFT display, infotainment system with built-in hard disk, twin spoke wooden steering wheel and of course premium leather upholstery! The S-Cabriolet will be feature loaded to appeal to the elite who desire performance with the best of luxury features.

In terms of safety, one can expect both the convertibles to be loaded with airbags, Pre-SAFE, ASR, ESP, BAS, hill start assist, electric parking brake and several other features. Additionally, reports also suggest that the weight of both the cars have increased owing to a strengthened A-pillar to compensate to the absence of a roof. More details on the pricing aspect will be revealed tomorrow post its official launch.

 

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