Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet and S-Class Cabriolet will mostly target urban audience and don’t have direct rivals for now
Mercedes in the country is raging a fire that seems un-extinguishable as launching all products in its portfolio worldwide into the Indian market. Important products become localized while top-end of the product portfolio continues to be CBU units to maximize profits and keep exclusivity for customers. One of those many products are Cabriolets which are taking the Indian markets, especially Urban markets by storm. The S500 is the sedan as we all know. However, there was coupé that came earlier and today is the day we see the drop-dead gorgeous version of it in its Cabriolet avatar. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet and S-Class Cabriolet are two-ends of the market. Let’s see what they have on offer.
The S500 Cabriolet has a 4663 cc V8 petrol engine that makes 455 BHP at 5500 RPM and 700 Nm of torque at 1800-3500 RPM. This engine is mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission that is sending power to the rear wheels. 0-100 km/hr dash can be achieved in 4.6 seconds and stretch it all the way up to a top speed of 250 km/hr which is electronically limited.
Interiors of the S-Class Cabriolet includes features such as two climate modes, Heads-Up Display (HUD), COMAND system with touch-pad, 12-inch infotainment system that is mated a 23 speaker Burmester 3D surround sound system. Active safety features on the model include Night Plus Assist, Parktronic Active Parking with 360 degree camera and a Pre-Safe system along with host of airbags and electronics that come as standard.
The C-Class Cabriolet on the other hand seems more affordable and approachable but isn’t downright sensual as the S500. However, it has a practicality aura that the S500 doesn’t which ends up attracting daily drivers. The engine is the new 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engine that makes 245 BHP at 5500 RPM with 370 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. This engine sends power to the rear wheels via a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. All of this means that the C-Class can done 0-100 kmph in 6.4 seconds. The top speed is also electronically limited to 250 km/hr.
Soft top has four colour options. That same soft-top can be opened or closed in a matter of 20 seconds and while doing up to speeds of 50 kmph. Dynamic Select features on the C300 that allows the driver to choose between modes such as Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. The C300 Cabriolet interior comes equipped with leather upholstery, 5.5 inch MID display, electrically adjustable driver and passenger side seat with memory function, ambient lighting with three different colours and five dimming levels.
Functionally it also has automatic climate control, dual zone climate control, 13 speaker Burmester audio system and a Garmin navigation system as standard. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet and S-Class Cabriolet come at a time when the market has nothing to offer customers who are looking for cars that make their own statement and offer a lot.