H Mercedes-Benz μέσω της συνέντευξης τύπου, που ολοκληρώθηκε πριν λίγα λεπτά στην έκθεση της Γενεύης, παρουσίασε για πρώτη φορά την ανοιχτή έκδοση C-Class, όπως και την C43 Coupe. Η cabriolet έκδοση του μεσαίου μοντέλου της γερμανικής εταιρίας θα ξεκινήσει την εμπορική της καριέρα από το ερχόμενο καλοκαίρι, προσπαθώντας να κλέψει πωλήσεις από την BMW Σειρά 4 Convertible.
Το τετραθέσιο ανοιχτό μοντέλο βασίζεται στη C-Class Coupe, διατηρώντας ακέραιες τις εξωτερικές τις διαστάσεις, έχοντας ελάχιστα μεγαλύτερο ύψος, ενώ κάθεται κατά 15 χλστ. πιο χαμηλά σε σχέση με την sedan έκδοση. Αντιθέτως από τη BMW Σειρά 4 Convertible, διαθέτει υφασμάτινη ηλεκτρικά ανοιγόμενη οροφή, που χρειάζεται λιγότερα από 20 δευτ. για να σου αποκαλύψει τον ουρανό ή να σε προστατέψει από τις εξωτερικές συνθήκες, μια διαδικασία που μπορεί να γίνει μέχρι τα 50 χλμ/ώρα. Με κλειστή την οροφή ο αεροδυναμικός συντελεστής ανέρχεται στο Cd 0.28, κορυφαίο νούμερο για τη τέτοιου είδους αυτοκίνητο.
Με κλειστή την οροφή, ο χώρος αποσκευών ανέρχεται στα 360 λίτρα, ενώ όταν είναι κλειστή αυτή αποθηκεύεται στο πάνω μέρους του χώρου αποσκευών, μειώνοντας τον στα 285 λίτρα. Ως προς το σχήμα και το χρώμα της, το κάλυμμα του soft-top αποτελεί αναπόσπαστο μέρος του εσωτερικού και είναι κατασκευασμένο από το ίδιο υλικό με τη μεσαία γραμμή του αυτοκινήτου.
Το εσωτερικό έρχεται αυτούσιο από την coupe έκδοση, με τα δερμάτινα καθίσματα να επενδύονται με θερμοαπωθητικα υλικά, ενώ υπάρχει και ο διακόπτης στη κεντρική κονσόλα που ανοιγοκλείνει την οροφή. Τα νέα sport καθίσματα διαθέτουν και το σύστημα Airscarf της Mercedes, που ζεσταίνουν τον σβέρκο των επιβατών.
Η C-Class Cabriolet κατά το λανσάρισμα θα είναι διαθέσιμη με δύο πετρελαιοκινήτηρες, και έξι βενζινοκινητήρες. Η C220d φοράει τον 2.1-λίτρων πετρελαιοκινητήρα απόδοσης 170 ίππων και 400 Nm ροπής, κάνοντας τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα σε 8.3 δευτ. (8.1 δευτ. η 4MATIC έκδοση), με την τελική ταχύτητα να αγγίζει τα 231 χλμ/ώρα (225 χλμ/ώρα η 4MATIC), ενώ η μέση κατανάλωση ανακοινώνεται στα 4.5 λίτρα/100 χλμ (5 λίτρα/100 χλμ. η 4MATIC). H C250d κινείται με τον ίδιο κινητήρα, αλλά αποδίδει 204 άλογα και 500 Nm ροπή, και επιταχύνει για τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα σε 7.2 δευτ., με την τελική ταχύτητα να αγγίζει τα 242 χλμ/ώρα.
Από πλευράς βενζινοκινητήρων, στη βάση τοποθετείται η C180 με τον 1.600άρη κινητήρα απόδοσης 156 ίππων και 250 Nm ροπή. Η μέση κατανάλωση ανακοινώνεται στα 6 λίτρα/100 χλμ., κάνοντας τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα σε 8.9 δευτ., με τελική ταχύτητα 222 χλμ/ώρα. Η C200 κινείται με έναν 2-λιτρο κινητήρα απόδοσης 184 ίππων και 300 Nm ροπή, με τη μέση κατανάλωση να ανακοινώνεται στα 6 λίτρα/100 χλμ. (7.1 λίτρα/100 χλμ. η 4MATIC), κάνοντας τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα σε 8.2 δευτ. (8 δευτ. η $MATIC), με τελική ταχύτητα 235 χλμ/ώρα (227 χλμ/ώρα η 4MATIC).
H C250 κινείται από τον ίδιο κινητήρα, αλλά αποδίδει 211 άλογα και 350 Nm ροπή, με τη μέση κατανάλωση να ανακοινώνεται στα 6.2 λίτρα/100 χλμ., κάνοντας τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα σε 6.9 δευτ., με τελική ταχύτητα 244 χλμ/ώρα. Ακολουθεί η C300, όπου ο ίδιος κινητήρας αποδίδει 245 άλογα και 370 Nm, με τη μέση κατανάλωση να ανακοινώνεται στα 6.7 λίτρα/100 χλμ., κάνοντας τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα σε 6.4 δευτ., με τελική ταχύτητα 250 χλμ/ώρα.
Περνώντας στις 3-λιτρες εξακύλινδρες εκδόσεις με διάταξη V, η C400 4MATIC αποδίδει 333 άλογα και 480 Nm ροπή, με τη μέση κατανάλωση να ανακοινώνεται στα 8 λίτρα/100 χλμ., κάνοντας τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα σε 5.2 δευτ., με τελική ταχύτητα 250 χλμ/ώρα. Τέλος, λανσάρετε και η έκδοση C43 AMG 4MATIC, όπου ο ίδιος κινητήρας αποδίδει 367 άλογα και 520 Nm ροπή, με τη μέση κατανάλωση να ανακοινώνεται στα 8.3 λίτρα/100 χλμ., κάνοντας τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα σε 4.8 δευτ., με τελική ταχύτητα 250 χλμ/ώρα.
Όλοι οι κινητήρες μπορούν να συνδυαστούν με το νέο 9-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο της Mercedes, με τον οδηγό να έχει τη δυνατότητα να επιλέξει πέντε προγράμματα οδήγησης μέσω του Dynamic Select. Τέλος, αργότερα μέσα στο έτος θα προστεθεί και η C63 AMG έκδοση, που θα κινείται με τον 4-λιτρο twin-turbo V8 κινητήρα.
The new C-Class Cabriolet
Unlimited opening times
Stuttgart. 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. 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, powerful engines delivering between 115 and 270 kW (156 to 367 hp) and a suspension designed for dynamics (with optional AIRMATIC air suspension) ensure sportily agile handling. 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 C-Class Cabriolet launches in summer 2016.
“Our new C-Class Cabriolet is the entry into the world of premium cabriolets from Mercedes-Benz. Sporty and youthful in character and styling, it offers unadulterated open-air driving pleasure all year round,” says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
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. With a capacity of 360 litres (285 litres with the roof open), the boot is capable of holding an exceptional amount of luggage for a cabriolet, thus offering high everyday practicality.
The dimensions at a glance:
Dimensions in millimetres
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.
AMG version with distinct looks
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.
Exterior and interior from the same mould
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.
Premium-class fabric soft top
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.
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. After opening, it folds down quietly and carefully and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the boot. In terms of its shape and colour, the cover of the soft-top compartment is an integral part of the interior and is made of the same material as the beltline.
Interior – modernity and 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. The equipment includes heat-reflecting leather in a total of five colour shades (optional) as well as a curved switch in matt silver chrome in the centre console for opening and closing the fully automatic cabriolet soft top. 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.
The rear seats are in the form of individual seats. Their backrests offer a through-loading feature, can be split 50:50 for high everyday practicality and can be completely folded down.
AMG with special details
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.
The Cabriolet already comes as standard with a high equipment specification, which is augmented by a wide range of individualisation options (some examples: 13 upholstery variants, such as designo Bengal red / black, seven trim variants, four soft-top colours, twelve paint finishes – including a matt finish, leather-covered instrument panel). The roof liner of the soft top is available in black, porcelain and crystal grey. Numerous trim elements in sporty aluminium, carbon fibre or glass fibre are complemented by authentic open-pore wood species in shades of brown and black.
The AMG Line is available as an alternative to underline the dynamism of the Cabriolet. It differs by virtue of exterior features such as special bumpers and sills with AMG bodystyling, a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. In the interior, the AMG Line comes with sporty, exclusive highlights, including a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section as well as AMG sports pedals.
At the market launch an Edition 1 will be available for a limited time. With a host of perfectly coordinated equipment lines, it combines sportiness with lifestyle, thus perfectly fitting with the sporty-modern look of the new cabriolet.
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 temperatures.
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. AIRCAP is part of the Cabriolet Comfort package, which also includes AIRSCARF neck-level heating for the driver and front passenger. The combination of these two systems extends the open-top season to the entire year.
Alternatively, there is also the option of a retrofitted manual folding draught stop behind the front seats. This noticeably stops draughts in the front seats.
Suspension: 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.
Riding on air
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.
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.
Dynamic: 4 and 6-cylinder engines and, for the first time, 4MATIC
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.
The new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission can be ordered for all engine variants.
The model line-up at a glance:
|Displacement (cc)||Output (kW/hp)||Nm||Fuel cons. (l)*||CO2 emis. (g/km)*||0-100 km/h (s)||Vmax (km/h)|
|C 220 d
|116 (130)||8.3 (8.1)||231 (225)|
|C 250 d||4/in-line||2143||150/204||500||4.6||121||7.2||243|
|4/in-line||1991||135/184||300||6.0 (7.1)||136 (163)||8.2 (8.0)||235 (227)|
|C 400 4MATIC||6/V||2996||245/333||480||8.0||181||5.2||250|
|C 43 4MATIC||6/V||2996||270/367||520||8.3||190||4.8||250|
All data provisional; *combined
Light and safe bodyshell
In a cabriolet, the lack of a roof often results in reduced body stiffness. This fact was taken into consideration by the designers in developing the C-Class Saloon. This allowed them to adapt the bodyshell at the front end and on the floor to meet the particular needs of the Cabriolet. Consequently, this model, too, features an exemplary stiff design of the kind required for high driving dynamics.
The Coupé’s intelligent lightweight construction with a high proportion of aluminium was retained – among others, the wings, bonnet and boot lid are made of light alloy. The Cabriolet not only meets all current national and international laws, but also all rating requirements as well as the more stringent internal Mercedes-Benz safety requirements, which are based on what actually happens in a real-world accident.
Safe semi-autonomous driving to reduce stress
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. 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.
The optionally available Driving Assistance package includes additional assistance systems that have been significantly extended in terms of their functions. As part of the Intelligent Drive concept, these merge data from various sensor technologies, such as radar sensors and stereo camera, and thus make for significantly enhanced safety and comfort. These functions include for example DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot or the PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection plus the Brake Assist BAS PLUS, which also offers situation-adaptive brake boosting if there is a risk of collision from crossing traffic. A further function of the Driving Assistance package is Active Lane Keeping Assist, which is capable of preventing unintentional lane departure by means of one-sided, lane-correcting application of the brakes. The system intervenes if the driver crosses a solid lane marking and can assist even in the case of discontinuous lane markings if there is a risk of collision with a vehicle in the adjacent lane.
The multiplicity of assistance systems also includes a Parking Assist for semi-automated parking; a 360° camera for assistance during parking and manoeuvring; a camera and navigation-based Traffic Sign Assist with wrong-way warning function as well as Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, which allows continuous high beam by selectively blanking out other vehicles from the high-beam light cone.
In an accident, optimal protection is afforded by the high structural safety of the body as well as by the restraint systems, especially the comprehensive complement of airbags. These include:
- adaptive front airbags for driver and front passenger
- a kneebag on the driver’s side
- thorax/pelvis bags for driver and front passenger
- windowbags integrated in the top edges of the front door panels
The roll-over protection system is specific to the Cabriolet. It consists of two cartridges that are fully retracted behind the rear seats and therefore invisible. If a roll-over is imminent, these cartridges are pyrotechnically fired, whereupon they shoot out to provide a survival space together with the A-pillar.
Sensitive climate control for open-air driving
Specially developed for cabriolets, the climate control system responds to whether the vehicle is being driven with the roof up or down. With the roof closed, the system performs in the same way as in the Coupé. 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.
Vibrant infotainment experience
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. Its features include an animated compass and a “Drive Show” with information for passengers similar to the on-screen presentations on an airliner.
Extensive networking even in the basic version
A Bluetooth®-compatible mobile phone with data option is all it takes to give the Audio 20 system internet capability. This allows internet surfing without restriction when the vehicle is stationary. Mercedes-Benz apps can be used while driving. Audio and video playback is possible from various sources.
The alternatively available COMAND Online system provides not only a larger display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, but it also optionally allows digital TV/radio reception, for example, while offering fast hard-drive navigation, integral WiFi hotspot functionality and LINGUATRONIC voice control as well as many other features.
The basic Audio 20 system as well as Audio 20 CD and COMAND Online all offer basic telephony as standard, which links up a mobile phone to the vehicle via a standardised Bluetooth® interface.
Mercedes me connect: connected with the car
Like other models, the new C-Class Cabriolet comes with an extensive range of free Standard Services and Remote Online Services as part of the “Mercedes me connect” package. Standard Services include automatic emergency call, Accident Recovery as well as breakdown assistance and after-sales service. The Remote Online services make it possible at any time and from anywhere to access vehicle information such as the status of windows and doors, mileage, tyre pressures and other diagnostic data. There is also a Vehicle Tracker function as well as remote door locking and unlocking.
The new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet
Open for maximum driving pleasure
Affalterbach. Mercedes-AMG is unveiling the first open-top member of the still young C-Class family in the shape of the new C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet. Just like the C 43 4MATIC Coupé, the all-season Cabriolet features a combination of 270 kW (367 hp) 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. Driving pleasure is accompanied by high efficiency as the open-top version of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 consumes a mere 8.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined figure).
Mercedes-AMG is bringing two models from the C-Class performance family to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. 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. Our new product line continues to expand at a fast pace and, with the C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet, we are offering a younger target group yet another alternative to discover the fascinating world of AMG,” says Tobias Moers, Chief Executive of Mercedes‑AMG GmbH.
The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine in the new Cabriolet delivers impressive performance with its 270 kW (367 hp) maximum power and peak torque of 520 Nm: sprinting from rest to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, its speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h. 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.
The key data
|Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet|
|Output||270 kW (367 hp) at 5500-6000 rpm|
|Peak torque||520 Nm
at 2000-4200 rpm
|Fuel consumption, NEDC combined||8.4-8.3 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions||194-190 g/km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.8 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h*|
* Electronically limited
- 0-litre V6 biturbo engine with modified engine management, increased boost pressure, and noticeably enhanced dynamism and flexibility
- 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with double-declutching function during downshifts and particularly short response times in “Sport Plus” mode
- AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution of 31 to 69 percent (front axle to rear axle)
- AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adaptive three-stage adjustable damping, with a mode-selection button, as in the Mercedes-AMG C 63
- AMG DYNAMIC SELECT Switch for a dynamic, individually selectable driving experience with five modes and AMG-specific parameterisation
- Three-stage ESP® Electronic Stability Program
- Front axle with newly developed steering knuckles and spring link supporting joints, elastokinematically adapted links as in the Mercedes-AMG C 63
- Rear axle with elastokinematics configured for higher driving dynamics