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Modern Luxury, Youthful Touch: 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet



The new generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 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 comes standard with AIRSCARF neck-level heating and optionally available AIRCAP automatic draft stop system for exceptional comfort during open-top driving 365 days a year.

For 2018, the C-Class Cabriolet is standard equipped with extendable sun visors, semi-automatic trunk separater and wood trim with an anlog clock, adding to the luxury and everyday practicality of the convertible. A Smartphone Integration Package and heated steering wheel are available, as well as a new exterior paint: designo Selenite Grey Magno.

As the entry-level model into the cabriolet world of Mercedes-Benz, the C300 Cabriolet is 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 the roof open, the meticulously coordinated harmony between exterior and interior design becomes apparent. High-grade details include chrome trim on the A-pillar and windscreen as well as a beltline molding, which extends as far as the soft-top compartment, which it borders with a broad chrome trim.

Power is generated by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with torque communicated to the rear wheels via a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. The automaker’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is optional. The Cabriolet’s control hardware is optimized for dynamics (with optional AIRMATIC air suspension on the C300) that ensures sportily agile handling.

The fully automatic multi-layer fabric acoustic soft top comes standard in black and is additionally available in dark brown, dark blue and dark red. The multi-layer acoustic soft top noticeably improves speech intelligibility, including at high speeds, and provides better insulation from disruptive ambient noise. The acoustic soft top thus offers optimal climate comfort and quiet-running characteristics.

Based on the larger 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 31 mph. After opening, it folds down quietly and carefully and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the trunk. In terms of its shape and color, the cover of the soft-top compartment is an integral part of the interior and is made of the same material as the beltline.

Inside the passenger cabin, the occupants enjoy an ambience that, while based on the interior of the C-Class sedan, offers a fresh interpretation with iconic cabriolet features. Especially high-grade materials and build quality give the interior a modern feel of sportiness. The equipment includes heat-reflecting leather in a total of five color shades (optional) as well as a curved switch in matte silver chrome in the center console for opening and closing the fully automatic cabriolet soft top. Based on the Coupe, the sport seats feature muscular side bolsters and organically integrated head restraints as well as standard AIRSCARF® neck-level heating. Automatic belt extenders equipped as standard help the occupants with buckling up. The individual rear seats offer a through-loading feature and can be split 50:50 for everyday practicality and can be individually folded down.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 118.4; overall length: 184.5; width: 71.3; height: 55.3
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 2.0L four-cylinder turbo – 241 hp at 5500 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 1300-4000 rpm
Transmission: nine-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 22 city/29 highway
Cargo capacity: 8.8 cubic feet

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side impact airbags, dual front knee airbags, rear seat side-impact airbags, dual front side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake force distribution, Predictive Brake Priming, Automatic Brake Drying, Hill-Start Assist, traction control, electronic slip regulation, rearview camera, KEYLESS GO, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, ATTENTION ASSIST, LED daytime running lamps, LED headlamps/taillamps, blind spot assist, PRE-SAFE, and Bluetooth hands free phone system.

Additional optional safety features include: PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist, surround view system, active blind spot assist, active lane keeping assist, PRE-SAFE Brake with pedestrian recognition, navigation system, head up display, Garmin MAP PILOT, mbrace Connect with remote engine start.

Warranty
Basic: 4-year/50,000 mile
Roadside Assistance: unlimited/unlimited 24-hour

Pricing
The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet starts from $51,200 for the C300 and $53,200 for the C300 4MATIC. Destination charges add $995.

About the Author

Ken Chester, Jr.

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