by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Cabriolet (A 205) reappears in Stuttgart

Mercedes-Benz will add a new member to the future C-Class family as the cabriolet choice will join the "army" from late 2014. The street development phase for the A 205 model has just begun scarcely a month ago, with the first prototype being captured on tape in Stuttgart. The newest spy shots are coming from the "capital city" of Mercedes-Benz as well.

The new C-Class Cabriolet will be the first mid-sized convertible in the history of the brand. As there is no predecessor to the open-top, the job Mercedes-Benz engineers need to complete is an even harder challenge, because there is no room for error in an industry packed with many similar eager competitors.

The A 205 is expected to feature the all new Mercedes-Benz Rearwheel Architecture (MRA), which means overall length should be somewhere near 4.70 - 4.75 meters, exactly like the limousine version. The updated powertrain will further enhance ride comfort and dynamics, a category where the future C-Cabriolet must simply excell in order to appeal to as many customers as possible. In order to stay as light as possible, the new C-Class Cabriolet will receive a classic soft top, in addition to the extensive use of aluminium and alloy compounds for the construction of the chassis and bodywork.

All the engines fitted underneath the front hood will be entirely newly developed for maximum efficiency and performance. The list comprises units will peak displacement ranging from 2.0 up to 4.0 litres. The entry-level C 200 BlueEFFICIENCY produces 184 hp, the C 250 BlueEFFICIENCY reaches 211 hp, whereas the C 300 BlueEFFICIENCY boasts 252 hp and the range-topping V6-powered C 400 stops at 333 hp. The C 55 AMG model is set to arrive during summer 2015 and should be powered by a new 4.0-litre 8-cylinder petrol engine equipped with twin-turbocharging and direct injection rated at around 465 hp. Some hybrid variants are also possible from 2015 onwards, according to latest reports.

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