Rumor: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabrio in the works

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

As you may know already, Mercedes-Benz is currently working on the C-Class Coupe, a new car designed to take on BMW 1-Series Coupe and the BMW 3-Series Coupe. But it appears this is not the only move made by the German manufacturer, as report continue to appear on the web regarding a C-Class Convertible.

If the Mercedes C-Class Convertible is realized, the new vehicle will partially replace the popular CLK Cabrio, which was part C-Class (chassis) and part E-Class (price). Moreover, the new C-Class Convertible will also go on sale alongside the carmaker’s new E-Class Convertible, which introduced to the global public at the Detroit Auto Show.

According to the rumor mill, the Mercedes C-Class Convertible will be introduced as a 2011 model. Just like the new E-Class Convertible, the C-Class Convertible will employ a cloth folding top instead of the heavier and more complicated retractable hardtop that are being used by BMW on the 3-Series Coupe and by Infiniti on its G37 Convertible.

Using the soft top for the rumored Mercedes C-Class Convertible offers a big advantage. Such component would be able to help the German premium manufacturer to keep the price the new Mercedes C-Class Convertible down.

Regarding the engines that this new Mercedes C-Class Convertible would get, it appears that it will debut the new family of direct-injected DOHC V6 engines. These new family of V6 mills includes a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated version as well as a smaller unit with twin turbochargers – both making their first appearance under the hood of the new C-Class Convertible.

An AMG version of the new Mercedes C-Class Convertible is also considered since rival BMW is also selling more M3 coupes and convertible than the M3 sedans. A high-performance version of the C-Class Convertible would be good offering considering the appeal of such highly powered model.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a line of compact executive cars produced by Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz). It was first unveiled in May 1993 as a replacement for the 190 (W201) range. The first generation of the C-Class (W202) sedan was produced in June 1993. A five-door wagon version was also available. The second generation of the C-Class (W203) was introduced in March 2000 and its production commenced the same year. Then, at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show, Mercedes unveiled the third generation of the C Class (W204), with sales commenced in March. The third-generation C-Class features extended wheelbase and tracks as well as a stiffer body shell.

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