by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) - premiere scoops

Mercedes-Benz plans to add an all new member to the future C-Class family. After the 204 model series got its 2-door Coupe on the facelift occassion, an open-top choice will join the current three-model portfolio next year when the 205 generation is set to come into force.

The first version to premiere is the new C-Class Limousine, expected to be officially presented in early 2014. Through spring, the wagon T-Modell under the S 205 codename is bound to arrive, while the new Coupe (C 205) is slated to showcase during the second semester of next year. Towards late 2014, right in time for the hot season of 2015, the all new C-Class Cabrio (A 205) will celebrate its world premiere.

The first-ever convertible C-Class in history has been lately spotted by spy photographers in the yard of the Mercedes-Benz R&D Center in Stuttgart. The car will emphasize Merc's brand new styling philosophy. A progressive exterior design will ensure the desired sportiness, dynamism and appeal levels are met, while also staying stlightly different compared to the standard W 205/S 205. As it is early to draw some conclusions over the looks given the heavy cladding on the pictured test prototype, we shall reserve those for later.

The length of the new C-Class Cabriolet will reach 4.7 meters, so this means plenty of space for some well-handled, balanced and sleek proportions. It is unclear whether the A 205 model will use a classic retractable cloth roof or go instead for a roadster-like hardtop just such as the SLK and SL do. From what we can see in these spy shots, there is enough room in the back to house a folding tin roof thanks to the visibly generous third volume. So, odds are in favour of this modern solution.

Similar to its open-top relatives, the C-Class Cabriolet will also use the innovative AIRSCARF neck-heating system, the AIRCAP draught-stop solution and the MAGIC VISION CONTROL wiper washer technology to further enhance the driving pleasure and passenger comfort while the roof is down even in winter.

The engines and entire technological package will be shared with its brothers from the 205 family. The entry-level choice starts at 156 hp, while the range-topping C 400 Cabriolet boasts 333 hp and the new 3.0-litre V6 BlueDIRECT engine featuring state-of-the-art turbocharging, direct injection and ECO start/stop function. Clean BlueTEC variants are also expected to make up most of the diesel range for the new A 205. During 2015, the ground-breaking C 55 AMG Cabrio will complete the lineup sporting an entirely newly-developed 4.0-litre V8 with biturbocharging cranking out near 470 hp.

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Bill Shields said...

Ooh. I wouldn't mind getting this mercedes benz for my birthday! Let me go and show my wife this lovely picture, and watch her laugh at me when I realize that its not within our budget.

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