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by Matt Campbell

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet has been spotted undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden.

The first-ever drop-top version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is likely to debut at one of Europe’s major motor shows in 2016, before its potential arrival in Australia towards the end of next year.

A competitor to the likes of the BMW 4 Series Convertible – which features a folding hard-top – and the soft-top Audi A5 Cabriolet, the C-Class Cabriolet will feature a fabric folding roof that is designed to save complexity and weight, as well as aiding the usability of the roof at speed.

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The new images of the car in the snow give little more away about how the production car will look compared to the C-Class Cabriolet images CarAdvice has previously brought you, and it is likely we will see a C-Class Coupe before the open-top model arrives.

While the bulging lights on this prototype are anything but representative of what to expect, it is clear the new model will feature a similarly styled rear-end to that seen on the S-Class Coupe, with broad, thin lights spanning from the quarter panels to the tailgate.

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Expect four seats, possibly all with AirScarf neck-level heating as has been seen on existing two-seat drop-top models, while the banquet of driver assist, safety, infotainment and connectivity systems offered in the C-Class range will likely also be seen in the Cabriolet.

 

Power is set to come from turbocharged four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and there’s every chance hybrid drivetrains will also be offered. On top of that, there have been reports of a high-performance C63 AMG drop-top powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, aimed straight at the Audi RS5 Cabriolet and BMW M4 Convertible.

Stay tuned for more, and click the Photos tab above for further images of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet.

 




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