Mercedes-Benz is expanding its lineup, and not just when it comes to crossovers: it's also growing its array of cabrios. Setting aside two-seat roadsters like the SL, SLK and SLS, it wasn't that long ago that the CLK was Benz's only four-seat convertible. But that's since been replaced by the E-Class convertible, which in turn will soon be joined not only by a larger S-Class droptop but a C-Class as well. And that's just what we appear to have here.

Spied undergoing development testing, this prototype appears to be pretty darn close to completion, shedding its black body-cladding in favor of the swirly camo that typically covers near-production body panels. Though the test vehicle is wearing a fixed hardtop, the production version is expected to pack a fabric roof mechanism.

Expanding on the previous C-Class family that included a sedan, wagon and coupe, the new C-Class convertible looks like it'll be ready to launch in time for next summer, with many of the same engine options as the fixed-roof versions.

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      • 7 Months Ago
      another car i'll pay no attention too
      • 7 Months Ago
      Excellent! (Mr. Burns voice) Mercedes will not miss out on this decade must-haves.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Every journalist keeps insisting it's going to have a soft-top, but Mercedes already has a 4 seat soft top in the e-class. Also its primary competition from BMW and Infiniti have hardtops. It is almost production ready and still sports a hardtop. When do you think it would be wise to admit it may actually debut as hardtop ?
        • 7 Months Ago
        I've read elsewhere that MB thinks soft-tops are generally preferable to hard tops. If they can keep the cabin just as quiet while saving weight and space, then I see no reason why they wouldn't have a soft top.
      • 7 Months Ago
      WTF, c-class gets a hardtop, but E and soft top. Makes a C a no-brainer.
      Aswald Johnson
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hakan Erses
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hope it'll have better roof lines in hard top coupe version.