Not too long before the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet is unveiled now – photos from our European spy photographers show a couple of prototypes that are running around virtually undisguised ahead of the car’s world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.

As expected, there’s very little that’s actually new here. The first convertible C-Class is pretty much as you would expect – take one C-Class Coupé and cut the roof off, and you basically end up with the cars you see here. That means that you get a front end that’s pretty much identical to the sedan, while the rear end is inspired by the big brother S-Class Coupé/Cabriolet.

One thing we get to see here are the colour choices for the fabric roof – while the blue C 450 AMG gets a black roof, the black C 450 and the lower-spec grey unit are fitted with a bright red top; wallflowers probably won’t need to apply here.


Also seen here is the windscreen header that features chrome trim around the edges. To our eyes, it looks a little incongruous, particularly next to the red roof – this writer prefers the A5 Cabrio‘s completely silver header for added visual contrast. We can also spot the Airscarf neck warmers that are now de rigeur on a modern Mercedes convertible.

Engine choices should be identical to the regular C-Class, with the use of four- and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, a 476 PS (510 PS on the S model) 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 on the AMG C 63 as well as a 362 PS 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 on the mid-level C 450 AMG. A C 350 e plug-in hybrid is expected to be featured, too, as should a 4Matic all-wheel drive option.