Local pricing for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet range has been announced before it hits showrooms in October.
Starting at $85,900 for the base C200 and topping out at $179,900 for the twin-turbo V8 Mercedes-AMG C63 variant plus on-road costs, commanding a premium of between $14,000 and $20,000 over the equivalent C-Class Coupe, depending on the model.
Standard on all models is a multi-layer acoustic soft top available in dark brown, dark blue, dark red, or black.
All C-Class Cabriolet models bar the base C200 feature the company’s Airscarf neck-level heaters, while every model comes standard with semi-autonomous emergency braking, blind spot assistance, driver fatigue monitor, a 360-degree camera, nine airbags and an active bonnet.
The entry-level C200 is powered by a 135kW/300Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment includes metallic paint, 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, heat-reflecting leather upholstery, AMG exterior styling, sports suspension, LED headlights, selectable driving modes, Garmin satellite navigation system, DAB+ digital radio, electrically-adjustable front seats with memory function and ‘Black Ash Open Pore’ wood trim.
Next in the range is the C300, which starts at $99,900 plus on road costs – $16,500 more than the equivalent coupe.
Under the bonnet is a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre turbo, producing 180kW of power and 370 Nm of torque.
In terms of equipment, the C300 adds 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, Burmester sound system, Comand online navigation system, heated front seats, Airscarf neck-level heating, keyless entry and start, along with a sports exhaust system.
Third up the ladder is the Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic ($119,900 plus on-roads), which utilises a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with outputs of 270kW and 520Nm, sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic.
Sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, the open-top C43 also comes with AMG ride-control sports suspension.
At the top of the C-Class Cabriolet range is the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, powered by the company’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, producing 375kW of power and 700Nm of torque.
Starting at $170,900 before on-road costs, the hottest C-Class Cabriolet is $17,500 dearer than the C63 S Coupe, though it is 0.2 seconds slower from 0-100km/h at a claimed 4.1 seconds.
Like the coupe, the C63 S Cabriolet comes standard with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear AMG alloy wheels, AMG active dynamic engine mounts, AMG electronic rear axle locking differential, AMG performance brakes and an AMG performance sports exhaust system.
Inside, the C63 S is equipped with nappa leather upholstery, digital TV tuner and the company’s Air Balance interior fragrance package.
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