A new prototype for the upcoming 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet has been spied testing. This particular test mule provides us with our best view of its new design with some camouflage being shed at the rear-end.

What is immediately apparent about the C-Class Cabriolet is that it will feature taillights different than those on the C-Class sedan and the C-Class Estate. As a matter of fact, the thin, horizontal lights look remarkably similar to the units from the existing S-Class Coupe.

Elsewhere, we know that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will feature frameless windows, two fewer doors the current sedan model and the aforementioned folding soft-top rather than a lightweight retractable hardtop. When it hits the market, the C-Class Cabriolet will be one of the cheapest Mercedes-Benz cabriolets and act as a suitable rival to the Audi A5 Cabriolet and BMW 4-Series Cabriolet.

It is interesting to note that Mercedes-Benz has never offered a convertible variant of the C-Class. After all, its main rivals, the BMW 3-Series (now the 4-Series) and Audi A5 have been available with folding roofs for many years.

When deliveries of the C-Class sedan start, it will be available with eight different engine choices. These consist of three diesel engines, four petrol engines and one hybrid diesel. Four-cylinder engines make up 7 of the eight engine choices available initially, with the range topping Mercedes-Benz C400 featuring a 3.0-liter V6 engine producing 333 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. We expect to see a similar engine line-up for the C-Class Cabriolet although it might not be as extensive.

[Via Top Speed]

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