2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet, Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet Debut at 2016 Geneva Auto Show | Edmunds

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet, Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet Debut at 2016 Geneva Auto Show


GENEVA — The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet and the companion high-performance 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet debut today at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 rear-wheel-drive and 4Matic four-wheel-drive convertibles arrive at U.S. Mercedes-Benz dealerships in late summer.

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet, available in four-wheel drive only, is bound for U.S. dealerships in the fall.

The AMG version is designed to lure younger car shoppers into Mercedes-Benz showrooms.

Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date of the new entry-level convertibles.

The four-seat convertible features a soft fabric top designed to save weight compared to hardtop luxury convertibles.

The German automaker said it is targeting the Audi A5 Cabriolet and BMW 428i Cabriolet with the C300 Cabriolet.

Key competitors to the C43 Cabriolet include the Audi S5 Cabriolet and BMW 435i xDrive convertible.

The C300 Cabriolet is equipped with a 241-horsepower 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This version accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, rearview camera, keyless start, a neck-level heating system and 18-inch wheels.

The soft top comes standard in black and is available in dark brown, dark blue and dark red. It can be opened and closed in less than 20 seconds up to a speed of 31 mph. It stores in a compartment in the trunk.

The C43 Cabriolet is equipped with a 362-hp 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

Standard features include an AMG Ride Control Sport suspension. Optional features on the C43 include an AMG exterior carbon-fiber package, AMG performance exhaust and AMG performance steering wheel.

The cabin is equipped with a multifunction sport steering wheel in leather and red contrast topstitching.

Edmunds says: The new C-Class drop tops are set to steal the convertible spotlight at Geneva and be major showroom draws later this year.

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