Alongside the SLC roadster, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has also pulled the covers off the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet today. The launch of the roofless variant completes the local C-Class lineup – or at least, as complete as it can be without the wagon bodystyle.
It’s quite a pricey proposition – the C 200 retails at RM358,888, the C 250 AMG Line at RM388,888 and the C 300 AMG Line at RM443,888, making them between RM50,000 and RM55,000 more expensive than the equivalent coupés, and more than RM100,000 dearer than the locally-assembled (CKD) sedans. All prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
The cabrio is essentially a droptop version of the coupé, retaining much of the same unique design cues, including door mirrors that sit on the door tops, S-Class Coupé/Cabrio-esque two-piece LED tail lights and a low-mounted number plate recess. The C 250 and C 300 get the AMG Line package that includes aggressive front and rear bumpers, deeper side skirts and chrome pins on the ‘diamond’ grille.
Inside, the dashboard is shared with the sedan, but the longer doors get redesigned door cards with shorter decorative trim (now in a brushed metal finish as opposed to following the centre console trim) as well as leather trim that now runs the full length of the doors. The massive bucket seats are also unique to the cabrio, and the car is now a strict four-seater.
The fabric roof opens and closes in 20 seconds, and is operable at speeds of up to 50 km/h. When folded, it encroaches into the boot space, which shrinks from 360 litres with the roof up to 285 litres.
Kit on the C 200 includes LED High Performance headlights, 18-inch five split-spoke alloy wheels, Artico faux leather upholstery, piano black interior trim, ambient lighting, illuminated door sill plates, power-adjustable front seats with memory, the base Audio 20 CD infotainment system, Garmin Map Pilot navigation and a reverse camera.
All models gain Active Park Assist, Agility Control suspension, the Dynamic Select system, Pre-Safe and Active Brake Assist. The C 250 adds on LED Intelligent headlights, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, full-leather upholstery and sports suspension.
Stepping up to the C 300 nets you 19-inch AMG multispoke alloys, Keyless-GO, open-pore black ash wood trim, an analogue clock, Air Balance fragrance system, a COMAND Online navigation system and a Burmester surround sound system.
Power comes from the same 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the sedan and coupé, but the cabrio receives the newer nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission instead of the 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speeder on the others. The C 200 gets 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,200 to 4,000 rpm, while the C 250 nets 211 hp and 350 Nm. The C 300 tops the list with 245 hp and 370 Nm.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz C 250 AMG Line Cabriolet
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz C 300 AMG Line Cabriolet