What It Is: The cabriolet version of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class. This droptop is expected to hit the market in 2015, a year after the new sedan, as a 2016 model. The new C will adopt Benz’s latest design language, which is characterized by flowing lines and not necessarily inspired by company history. For instance, the trunk is low, round, and sloping, similar to the characteristics of the new CLA sedan. And the exterior mirrors are positioned not in the front window triangle, where they’ve been on Benzes since the early 1970s, but rather on the door panel’s shoulder, similar to the most recent SL and SLK. Audi in particular has promoted the notion that this mirror position is sporty.
As will the next-gen C coupe, the C-class cabriolet features frameless windows, and it is fitted with an electrically operated softtop. The composite-material top featured on this mule is merely camouflage.
Competition: Audi A5 cabriolet, BMW 4-series cabriolet.
Estimated Arrival and Price: Mercedes should bring an all-new C-class to market next year as a 2015 model, with the cabriolet following a year later as a 2016. We’re expecting C-class pricing to increase slightly across the board, and the added premium of the convertible likely will put the droptop C’s starting price very near $45, 000.