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.
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.
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.