As Mercedes-Benz has been slowly streamlining its products to bring more focus on electric vehicles, crossovers, and SUVs, the future of its niche two-door lineup within the C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class are put into question. Speculations about the dilution of the two-door C-Class cars were further fueled when the automaker launched the range’s next-generation sedan and wagon variants but it left out the details about its coupe and cabriolet versions.
New spy shots confirm that the three-pointed star marque is still developing the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet though. Recently, a video of the car surfaced showing its road testing in Germany.
The prototype is heavily clad in camouflage and there appears to be some padding under some areas of its wraps to hide its true identity. However, its dimensions, shape, and stance are very similar to the features of the C-Class sedan unveiled early this year, except for the unique roof, two-door layout, and smaller backseat legroom, of course.
Although the video does not give us a clear view of the car’s interior, it is expected to carry the key elements of its sedan counterpart. Among the highlights of the C-Class cockpit are its multifunction twin-spoke steering wheel, digital displays, a large center console with the latest MBUX infotainment system, and high-quality leather upholstery with chrome accents.
Meanwhile, the engine trims of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will also likely mirror the offerings of its sedan sibling. These include the C300 and C300 4MATIC models offered in the U.S. carrying a 2.0-liter inline-four engine producing 225 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque with a mild-hybrid boost that adds 148 lb-ft. The power is distributed via a nine-speed automatic transmission that lets the vehicle accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds and with a top speed of 130 mph.