Mercedes-Benz has lifted some camouflage off the C-Class Cabriolet, the vehicle that will finally give the German manufacturer a dedicated challenger to the BMW 4 Series Convertible and Audi A5 Convertible.

As has been reported already, there's a folding canvas roof below that camouflaged faux hardtop. We'll admit, we do find it somewhat surprising that Mercedes isn't going with a folding metal roof, like competitor BMW. Aside from that detail, expect the C-Class Cab's sheetmetal to be nearly identical to its four-door counterpart below the beltline.

As for when we can expect this new model to arrive, there's no clear date, although it does look remarkably production ready. If it doesn't debut earlier, we'd expect to see the new C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. As for where it will be built, don't expect either two-door C-Class to head to Alabama. For reasons unclear, Mercedes will likely opt to keep production of both the coming Coupe and Cabriolet in Germany.

Keep an eye open for more on the new C-Class Cabriolet in the coming weeks and months, and in the meantime, check out the spy shots above.


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      summazooma
      • 5 Months Ago
      No need to go with a full metal roof, for a few reasons (some, as demonstrated by the A5 Convertible)... - Lighter weight than a metal top (due to material weight, simpler mechanism, etc.) - Faster operation - Not necessarily louder road & wind noise; in fact, fabric absorbs noise more than a hard material - Easier to package, with less complex mechanism to package in small spaces > Look at some of the retractable hardtops on 2+2 (not short-roofed 2-seaters) and you'll see long rear decks to package the "folded" metal roof and maintain trunk opening size & space. > BMW 3 (now 4) is probably the sharpest 3-box 2+2 package, but it's mechanism is extremely complex and could probably have been done easier, lighter, less expensively (and, yes, longer-term, more reliably) with cloth - Some people actually like that you can tell it's a convertible with the top up (with cloth tops), based on research that I've been party to.
        ccweems
        • 5 Months Ago
        @summazooma
        Well said. The compromises for a folding metal top on strictly a two seater are few. The compromises for a four seater that the owner actually uses it are many and as the market has shown often too many. The original text is a poor reflection on the mindless author who cannot form a cogent opinion.
      Hampton
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hoping the coupe which debuts before the convertible will be a pillar less side window like the old CLK Coupe was. Such a classic Mercedes coupe look
        Lachmund
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Hampton
        I believe I read the C-Class will have a pillar but the E-Class won't
      Harry Chin
      • 5 Months Ago
      I wish BMW did a soft top like the 6 series for the 4 series... Hard tops make the car look so odd
      Matt Mossberg
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'm still waiting for the new c class to be in the showrooms here in America. With the beautiful interior, the c convertible should give the great looking a5 a run for its money. Can't wait to see the c63 coupe and wonder if they would make a vert of the amg.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 5 Months Ago
      Can't say I'll miss the hardtop. They take up a massive amount of space when lowered and often result in horrendous panel gaps.
      Roman
      • 5 Months Ago
      cool, finally a sensible hard top convertible from MB!
      ferps
      • 5 Months Ago
      When the E class coupe / convertible first came out, it was considered a competitor for the A5 and 3 series. Then Mercedes increased its price, effectively pushing it up a class. Now the new larger C class is getting a coupe and convertible variant. The Mercedes product line seems awfully crowded.
      big2.5
      • 5 Months Ago
      Call me old-fashioned, but soft tops have their benefits. They're lighter, cheaper, and take up less space. And sometimes, they're even better looking. The ragtop A5 looks (and sells) better than the Infiniti Q60 Convertible or Lexus IS C. Some reports suggested BMW wanted to go back to a canvas roof with the 4-series, but customers love the hardtop too much. Personally, I think folding hardtops are best-suited to two seaters. Smaller roof area to cover, less practicality required, and usually, a more attractive roofline.
        Matt Mossberg
        • 5 Months Ago
        @big2.5
        I used to not like most soft tops because of the road noise and other things that made older soft tops feel worse then hard tops but since I've been in newer soft tops I can't say that anymore because the quality of even a mustang convertibles soft top is good inside with the roof up. The mid 2000s clk soft top seemed to be built pretty well and even if I still prefer the looks of a hard top on most cars but do also see the benefits of like you said, larger space and they make me real easy to fold and raise. I don't know if I could see the is c with a soft top, either way I don't think it could have made the car look good.
        ToniCipriani
        • 5 Months Ago
        @big2.5
        Well BMW has both the 2-series soft top and 4-series hard top to cover both markets, so they don't really need to.
      KristinF
      • 5 Months Ago
      Looks like a Sebring Convertible
      EJ
      • 5 Months Ago
      "As for where it will be built, don't expect either two-door C-Class to head to Alabama. For reasons unclear, Mercedes will likely opt to keep production of both the coming Coupe and Cabriolet in Germany." LOL...I think we all know the reason for this....
      Teleny411
      • 5 Months Ago
      Cool, I can't stand the golfing hard tops! More ❤ for Brnz!
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