This year seems be a roller-coaster ride for the German automaker as too many launches are awaited in the pipeline for the months to come in 2016. We are talking about Mercedes-Benz that has recently introduced its GLC-Class SUV in both petrol (GLC300) and diesel (GLC220) variants at Rs. 50.9 lakh and Rs. 50.7 lakh, respectively, and now the company is planning to launch the convertible from the C-Class – C300 – by the year end.
The expected price of the convertible will be somewhere around Rs. 60 lakh for the base version. The marque seems to have rolled up its sleeves to give a strong competition to its rivals, considering the fact that Mercedes-Benz is bringing all its high volume beauties in India so as to capture the major chunk of market share and become the leader.
As per the sources, the C-Class convertible will be available in the specifications of C300 only as there is no chance of C45 or C63/C63 S variant hitting the Indian car market sooner or later. To be available in the rear wheel drive option only, the cabriolet will have the same engine provided in GLC300 with 9-speed gearbox.
The 2.0-litre four cylinder motor develops a maximum power of 241PS and a peak torque of 370Nm and is capable of delivering performance of adequate level. Though not confirmed, Mercedes-Benz might offer the same 300-spec powerhouse in the likes of E-Class and C-Class saloons.
Considered to be an offering for the niche, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class convertible will come to India through CBU as there are no plans for any local assembly. The interior in the C-Class cabriolet will be of the same design and quality like that in sedan. The C-Class convertible might come under the Designo Program wherein the customer has the full right to customize the car according to his/her taste and preference.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class convertible is soon going to join the bandwagon of soft-top offerings with SLK (soon to be swapped with SLC) and E-Class in India. The sources are also hinting towards an expected launch of S-Class cabriolet soon so as to complete the S-Class offerings in India. The convertible will come in both standard and AMG option and will join the likes of standard and Maybach saloons along with the S-Class coupe that again is available in AMG and standard trim.
The addition of aluminum will help in reducing the weight of the vehicle, thus improving the efficiency to a greater extent. Commenting on the same, the Chief Executive at Jeep, Mike, said, "You will see continued improvements in powertrains… We are the benchmark, so I want to push the benchmark even further."
With the aim of having biggest luxury car inventory in India, Mercedes-Benz is planning to add more products to its portfolio and moving in the same line, the company is also expected to launch GLC Coupe in the coming year 2017. Adopting the design from its elder brother, GLE Coupe, the GLC coupe is slated be an amalgamation of SUV and Coupe, which is going to be a complete 'hit-or-miss'.
The recently launched GLC SUV will compete against the likes of Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Also the German automaker, showing its loyalty towards its nation, launched special editions to pledge support for German national football team in the 2016 UEFA Euro Championship taking place in France. The special editions include A-Class, CLA and GLA that were launched in India the last Sunday, i.e. 12th June 2016.