Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet design sketch

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it’s finally going to catch up with Audi and BMW by launching an open-top version of its C-Class Coupe – confirmed today by the firm revealing a first official sketch of the new car.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will be shown for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show next month, ahead of sales beginning later in the year.

Drawn from the C-Class Coupe, the new C-Class drop-top will be the first mid-size convertible car from Mercedes-Benz: neither the 190 nor the C-Class have ever previously been offered as a convertible.

That’s despite BMW first offering an open-top E30 3 Series in the 1980s, Audi soon following with the 80 Cabriolet (famously driven by Princess Diana).

For now, Mercedes-Benz isn’t saying much about the new car, simply confirming that it will have four seats and be drawn from the C-Class Coupe.

We can thus expect a range dominated by four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, but also look forward to Mercedes-AMG models following later.

Also expect a C 450 Cabriolet, powered by a potent 370hp 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6.

Keen to see more of the C-Class Cabriolet? Expect production-spec images to follow in the next couple of weeks…