• Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205): the opened soft-top.
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    #MBsocialcar: C-Class Cabriolet.

    The first cabriolet based on the C-Class interprets modern luxury with a youthful touch, featuring plenty of high-quality details.

    C 400 4MATIC Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined: 8.3–8.0 l/100 km;
    combined CO2 emissions: 189–181 g/km.* | Photos: Johannes Glöggler

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He says, she says – Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

One car, two points of view. She’s a musician and always wants to go her own way. He’s a lecturer in philosophy and is happy to lose himself in his thoughts.

Text: Laura Schwerdtner | Fotos: Xavier Béjot

He says, she says – Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Mix of traditional houses and modern architecture.

Natacha Le Jeune lives in Paris. She has recorded three albums with her bands so far and regularly performs as a DJ in nightclubs. When she’s on tour, she clocks up as many as 75,000 kilometers (47,000 miles) a year in her tour bus. Jim Gabaret also lives in the capital, where he teaches philosophy at the Sorbonne. Last year he made some documentary films as well and wrote his first novel, which is due to be published in 2017. We invited the two of them to try out the C-Class – not in Paris, but in the city of Nantes in Western France, with its mix of traditional houses and modern architecture. Even before the start of the test drive, it was clear that they had quite different approaches to travelling by car. While Jim was content to ride shotgun, Natacha wanted to take the wheel. Each of them had good reasons for their choice, which they told us about as the day went on.

Natacha, musician.

“Most of the time in Paris I get around on a moped, but when I’m away I rent a car as often as I can. I like to travel on my own and without spending too much money; it’s the quickest way to get to know the country and the people. When I’m driving, speed doesn’t matter so much to me, I just like to watch the countryside go by. As a kid I loved travelling around the twisting backroads of Corsica, with the mountain face on one side and the steep cliffs on the other. Back then I felt instinctively safe and I had that same feeling this morning when I got into the C-Class. I knew from the get-go that I wanted to be behind the wheel. I like to be in control and decide where I’m heading. When you’re young, you’re happy to leave the responsibility to others and just go with the flow. That might be quite easygoing, but as time goes by, you value your independence. In life and in the car, I like to decide for myself where I’m going and how I will experience the world.

He says, she says – Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
He says, she says – Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The car audio system helps to find out what our fans will really hear.

When I get into a car I’m not familiar with, I look out for three things: the gearchange, the audio system, and how comfortable the vehicle is. With the automatic transmission in the C-Class, the gear changes are like a knife going through butter: you simply don’t notice them. The seats are very pleasant, and the air conditioning is gentle but effective. I always have some music with me, and as soon as I got in, I plugged in my USB stick. The sound from the loudspeakers is really good, with a decent bass. When I’m recording a new album, I always listen to the result in the car. In the studio we work with audio equipment that’s very precisely calibrated, but nobody actually has stuff like that. Testing it in a car audio system is a good way to find out what our fans will really hear.”

Jim Gabaret, philosophy lecturer.

“I spend a lot of time sitting in libraries, reading, carrying out research, and, as it were, going on voyages of discovery in my mind. Although it’s very satisfying to immerse yourself in the thoughts of great philosophers, now and then I feel like getting out into the real world. Often, it’s enough just to meet up with a few friends over dinner, but what I enjoy most are proper road trips that go on for several days. I’m happy to be a passenger. It’s a luxury to be driven and be able to focus on the conversation and your surroundings. Especially if you’re sitting in a comfortable car. In the C-Class it felt as if I was in a hotel armchair on wheels. There was nothing more I could ask for: the temperature was just right, the seat suited me perfectly, and we were listening to Natacha’s Nancy Sinatra playlist.

He says, she says – Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
He says, she says – Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The car felt powerful.

The car felt powerful, but at the same time gave off an unmistakable impression of luxury. You could see the quality of the finish in details such as the upholstery or the satisfying clunk of the doors closing. And of course the miniature cameras offering a 360-degree view around the car were fantastic. Looking at the screen inside the car, it was as if we were being guided by a drone the whole time. I find it fascinating to see how involved in driving you are, even as a passenger. Not only because you’re helping the driver find the way, but also because you’re concentrating on the traffic conditions all the time. In such a comfortable car my body even seems to be aware of the speed it’s travelling at. How else can you explain why, when I feel like reading in my armchair on wheels, my body just wants to look out at the countryside?”

The car felt powerful.

The car felt powerful, but at the same time gave off an unmistakable impression of luxury. You could see the quality of the finish in details such as the upholstery or the satisfying clunk of the doors closing. And of course the miniature cameras offering a 360-degree view around the car were fantastic. Looking at the screen inside the car, it was as if we were being guided by a drone the whole time. I find it fascinating to see how involved in driving you are, even as a passenger. Not only because you’re helping the driver find the way, but also because you’re concentrating on the traffic conditions all the time. In such a comfortable car my body even seems to be aware of the speed it’s travelling at. How else can you explain why, when I feel like reading in my armchair on wheels, my body just wants to look out at the countryside?”

He says, she says – Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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The Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse Cabriolet on the road.

Mercedes-Benz starts production of the C-Class Cabriolet.

New dream car made in Bremen.

C-Class Cabriolet: produced in Bremen.

The first C-Class Cabriolet has rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. This is the first Cabriolet in the history of the C-Class and the fourth model of this product family which is being built at the Bremen plant, including the AMG versions. The C-Class Cabriolet will be available for customers from summer 2016, rounding off the range of open-top four-seaters with a classic fabric top.

The C-Class Cabriolet A 205 is produced as the fourth model variant of the series 205 in the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.

The launch of the C-Class Cabriolet increases the Bremen plant's portfolio to nine vehicles. The addition of the GLC Coupé this summer will take the total to ten.

Rear view of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet C 400 4MATIC (A 205) equipped with AMG Line in brilliantblue metallic and closed fabric top.

The launch of the C-Class Cabriolet increases the Bremen plant's portfolio to nine vehicles, which requires a particularly high level of flexibility in production. The new model will thus be produced on the same assembly line as three other models – the C-Class Coupé, the E-Class Coupé and the E-Class Cabriolet.

Just like the Coupé, the C-Class Cabriolet features an intelligent lightweight construction with a high proportion of aluminium. Lightweight components include the wings, bonnet and boot lid, lowering the weight of the vehicle and its CO2 emissions.

C 400 4MATIC Cabriolet:

Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.0 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 189-181 g/km.*

Production requirements.

The increasing trend towards customised vehicle manufacturing is demonstrated in the assembly of the C-Class Cabriolet by the fully automatic fabric soft top. Apart from the basic variant in black, it is also available with a multi-layer acoustic soft top in dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black. The assembly of the roof is not a fully automated process but executed manually, with the aid of a handling device. The same applies to the assembly of the cockpit. Numerous other equipment variants as well as safety and assistance systems mean that every vehicle running off the production line in Bremen is unique.

On the road with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet A 205 equipped with AMG Line in brilliantblue metallic and opened fabric top.

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The new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet. Mercedes-AMG is presenting its first open-top version of the C-Class.

The new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet.

Mercedes-AMG is presenting its first open-top version of the C-Class.

Fuel consumption combined: 8.4–8.3 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 194–190 g/km.*

Open for maximum driving pleasure.

Just like the C 43 4MATIC Coupé, the all-season Cabriolet features a combination of 270 kW (367 PS) 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, fast-acting 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The open-air enjoyment for four people is backed by the brand’s hallmark “Driving Performance” thanks to discrete suspension with stiffer elastokinematics unique to AMG and three-stage adjustable damping.

Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet (A 205). Open for maximum driving pleasure.
Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet: In addition to the C 43 4MATIC Coupé, the sports car and performance brand based in Affalterbach is now also showcasing the Cabriolet.

“More diverse than ever.”

Mercedes-AMG is bringing out two models to join the C-Class performance family. In addition to the C 43 4MATIC Coupé, the sports car and performance brand based in Affalterbach is now also showcasing the C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet.

“The AMG product portfolio will continue to grow rapidly this year, making the world of ‘Driving Performance’ more diverse than ever.”, says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet: The AMG powerplant can be identified by the red aluminium insert in the engine cover.

From rest to 100 in 4.8 seconds.

The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine in the new Cabriolet delivers impressive performance. With its maximum output of 270 kW (367 PS) and peak torque of 520 Newton metres sets new standards in its segment. Sprinting from rest to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, its speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h. Technical advances including a modified boost pressure allowed the AMG engineers to increase the engine’s power output and torque as well as its dynamism and flexibility to typical AMG levels. The AMG powerplant can be identified by the red aluminium insert in the engine cover.

The agile driving experience is mainly thanks to the standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution, the newly developed front axle, the stiff elastokinematics and the highly precise steering.

Shorter shift times. High efficiency.

The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is specially matched to the demands of the C 43 4MATIC. By specifically adapting the software, the AMG developers have been able to significantly shorten the 9-speed transmission’s shift times. The multiple downshift allows faster short bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” transmission modes makes for an even more emotive driving experience. Also, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.

The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet with an open top on the road.
Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet: Equipped as standard with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adaptive three-stage adjustable damping

AMG RIDE CONTROL.

Equipped as standard with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adaptive three-stage adjustable damping, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet has all the right ingredients to deliver outstanding driving dynamics and exceptionally high comfort on long journeys. The front axle has been provided with stiffer steering knuckles, improved elastokinematics and increased negative camber. In combination with the likewise newly developed wishbone guide bearings, this design results in significantly more agile cornering plus more precise and direct suspension feedback from the road.

Characteristics can be individualised.

With the five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, the characteristics of the C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet can be individualised even further at the tap of a finger. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension set-up and steering. With its variable ratio, the speed-sensitive sports steering enhances the agile cornering of the new C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet. It impresses with its precise and exceptionally authentic feedback.

Front view of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet with an open top on the road.
Front view of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet with a closed top on the road.

Progressive, performance, sportiness.

Hallmark features include the distinctive AMG design and the specific light-alloy wheels. They underscore the progressive nature and performance of the brand. The engine cover with red aluminium insert accentuates the strengths of the new twin-turbo six-cylinder engine. The AMG design includes the front apron with sporty, distinctive air intakes, diamond meshes, silver chrome trim, as well as the rear apron with matt iridium silver diffuser insert. The diamond radiator grille features chrome-plated pins, a louvre in high-gloss black and AMG lettering. Below this, the silver chrome front splitter ensures an optimal flow of air to the cooling modules. AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish round off the design visually.

Consistently dynamic bias.

The interior reinforces the car’s consistently dynamic bias with numerous specially designed details. Ideal for a committed driving style, the multifunction sports steering wheel in black leather features a flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching, and fits especially well in the hand. The enhanced lateral support offered by the sports seats keeps the driver in a secure position even when pushing the car to its limits. The AMG instrument cluster delivers all relevant information in a clearly arranged layout optimised for a dynamic driving style.

The interior of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet with an open top.

An authentic sports car look and feel are provided by two tube-shaped round dials, 11.4 cm (4.5-inch) multifunction colour display, RACE TIMER and 280 km/h scale in chequered-flag design.

Sustainable enjoyment.

Suitability for everyday use is additionally enhanced by intelligent comfort functions such as operation of the fabric soft top while driving (up to 50 km/h, initiated below 5 km/h) and optional automatic closing of the boot separator. Exclusive options include the fully automatic fabric acoustic soft top, which is available in black, dark blue, brown or dark red. The multi-layered structure incorporating various insulation materials effectively reduces ambient noise and thus reduces the interior noise level.

The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet with a closed top.

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The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) during Indian Summer.

The new C-Class Cabriolet.

Mercedes-Benz is launching into the open-air season with the first cabriolet based on the C-Class, thereby rounding off its range of cabriolets with a classic fabric soft top.

Unlimited opening times.

The new cabriolet’s design interprets modern luxury with a youthful touch. Featuring plenty of high-quality details, its distinctive character is most apparent when the top is down. The cabriolet is optionally available with the AIRCAP automatic draught stop system and AIRSCARF neck-level heating – for exceptional comfort during open-top driving 365 days a year. Efficient and powerful engines and a suspension designed for dynamics (with optional AIRMATIC air suspension) ensure sportily agile handling.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) with opened roof during Indian Summer.

The new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for all engine variants. Also on board: proven assistance systems and state-of-the-art infotainment.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) during Indian Summer.

Sporty and youthful.

As the new entry-level model into the cabriolet world of Mercedes-Benz, the C-Class Cabriolet is also a consistent embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy: sensual purity as the definition of contemporary luxury. It exhibits an independence of character with a visibly sporty expression and youthfully fresh appeal. With its top up, the profile of the new two-door cabriolet resembles that of the C-Class Coupé with virtually identical basic dimensions: with a striking front end featuring a diamond radiator grille, LED High Performance headlamps, long bonnet and high beltline.

Its tightly stretched soft top with glass window transitions harmoniously into the distinctly styled rear end, which has a highly sporty look with its wide shoulders and flat LED tail lights. At the sides, an elongated dropping line extending over the rear wheel arch lends an emphasis typical of Mercedes-Benz design. Thanks to its 15 millimetre lower suspension as standard compared with the Saloon, the vehicle already gives a sporty impression with its 17-inch standard tyres, underlining the sporty character of the Cabriolet, which excels aerodynamically with a Cd value of 0.28.

Rear view of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet (A 205) in the city at night.

AMG version.

The same dropping line is taken up by the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet which, however, has an even sportier look with its distinct AMG design and specific light-alloy wheels. It thus underscores the progressive nature and performance of the brand. The interior of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet reinforces the consistently dynamic bias of the performance brand with numerous specially designed details. Ideal for a committed driving style, the multifunction sports steering wheel in black leather features a flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching, and sits perfectly in the hand.

Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet:

Fuel consumption combined: 8.4–8.3 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 194–190 g/km.*

From the same mould: exterior and interior.

With the roof open, the meticulously coordinated harmony between exterior and interior design becomes apparent. High-grade details include chrome trim on A-pillar and windscreen as well as a beltline moulding, which extends as far as the soft-top compartment, which it borders with a broad chrome trim. The fully automatic classic cabriolet fabric soft top comes in black in the basic variant or is optionally available with a multi-layer acoustic soft top in dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black. It significantly reduces the wind/driving noise. This is made noticeable in the form of improved speech intelligibility, including at high speeds, and better insulation from disruptive ambient noise. The acoustic soft top thus offers optimal climate comfort and quiet-running characteristics.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) with closed roof during Indian Summer.

Based on the S-Class Cabriolet, the soft top also meets high quality standards in terms of durability and function. It can be opened and closed in less than 20 seconds up to a speed of 50 km/h.

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205).

Interior – modernity meets lifestyle.

The occupants enjoy an ambience that, while based on the interior of the C-Class Saloon, offers a fresh interpretation with typical cabriolet features. Especially high-grade materials and build quality give the interior a modern feel of sportiness and lifestyle. Based on the Coupé, the sport seats feature an integral look with muscular side bolsters and organically integrated head restraints as well as optional AIRSCARF neck-level heating. Automatic belt extenders as standard help the occupants with buckling up.

Intuitive operation with animations and visual effects is offered by the infotainment system. Frontbass ensures a listening experience almost on a par with a concert hall – especially if the optionally available Burmester® sound system has been specified. The Frontbass system uses the space within the cross-member and side member in the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers. The navigation system, which supplies the driver with precise traffic information in real time (Live Traffic Information), processes its contents interactively.

AIRSCARF in the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205)

Summer is included.

Customers opting for a cabriolet like to drive as often as possible with the top down. The fact that, also in the C-Class Cabriolet – as in the E- and S-Class Cabriolets – the occupants can enjoy maximum open-air comfort is made possible by AIRCAP and AIRSCARF, which make the joys of fresh air pleasant even at low temperature. Inconspicuously integrated into the roof frame, the electric AIRCAP draught stop system was specially developed for Mercedes-Benz cabriolets and is coupled to an electric draught stop behind the rear seats, which reduces the interior turbulence also for the rear passengers at the press of a button.

With the soft top down, the climate control system adapts by, for example, blowing warmer air onto the driver’s hands on the steering wheel and deactivating the air recirculation function. The special adjustments for open-top driving make allowance for whether cooling or heating is required and respond sensitively to the transition zones in between.

Sportily agile and comfortable.

The suspension offers a high level of comfort with low road roar and tyre vibration characteristics while ensuring agile driving dynamics – the basis for driving enjoyment. The suspension on the Cabriolet, which is 15 millimetres lower in comparison with the Saloon, comes as standard with steel springs with a selective damping system. An optional sports suspension with firmer springing and damping, including the Sports Direct-Steer system, makes for even more agile handling. The Cabriolet is optionally available with AIRMATIC air suspension. Its electronically controlled, continuously adjustable damping on the front and rear axles ensures low road roar and tyre vibration characteristics in every situation.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) during Indian Summer.

DYNAMIC SELECT – standard with AIRMATIC and optionally available with a steel suspension – allows the driver to choose their desired setting: sporty, comfortable or fuel-efficient. To this end, the driver can select one of five transmission modes using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch: “ECO”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus” and “Individual”. Selecting “Individual” allows the driver to customise the vehicle settings to suit their personal preferences.

The drivetrain of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205).

Powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines.

Powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines with ECO start/stop function and an extensive 4MATIC range make for sporty performance and driving pleasure all year round. All are compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standard. Six petrol engines are available for the Cabriolet. The range of outputs extends from the 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit in the C 180 rated at 115 kW (156 hp) to the 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet (270 kW/367 hp). The C 200 is optionally available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The diesel models are powered by a four-cylinder engine delivering 125 kW (170 hp) in the C 220 d or 150 kW (204 hp) in the C 250 d and are equipped with eco-friendly SCR technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) for exhaust aftertreatment. 4MATIC is available for the C 220 d.

C 180 Cabriolet:

Fuel consumption combined: 6.8–6.0 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 154–135 g/km.*

C 200 Cabriolet:

Fuel consumption combined: 6.6–6.0 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 150–136 g/km.*

C 200 4MATIC Cabriolet:

Fuel consumption combined: 7.4–7.1 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 171–163 g/km.*

C 220 d Cabriolet:

Fuel consumption combined: 4.9–4.5 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 124–116 g/km.*

C 220 d 4MATIC Cabriolet:

Fuel consumption combined: 5.3–5.0 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 140–130 g/km.*

C 250 d Cabriolet:

Fuel consumption combined: 4.9–4.6 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 124–121 g/km.*

C 400 4MATIC Cabriolet:

Fuel consumption combined: 8.3–8.0 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 189–181 g/km.*

Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive.

There are many safety and assistance systems based on the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive concept to choose from. ATTENTION ASSIST with adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness, is included as standard. Further standard equipment includes COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. In addition to a visual proximity warning and an additional audible collision warning, it includes Adaptive Brake Assist, which can help prevent collisions by boosting the brake pressure to suit the situation.

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) in the dark.

When a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 200 km/h, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stationary vehicles or, in the best-case scenario, even avoiding a collision altogether. At speeds of up to 50 km/h, the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles and is thus able to help prevent rear-end collisions at up to 40 km/h.

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