The main reasoning behind this decision was obviously related to the model's weight, but Mercedes-Benz will probably also tell you that a truly classy convertible with four seats will always be a rag top and not a coupe-cabrio, like the BMW 4 Series Cabrio.
Expected to feature the usual comfort features you can find on its bigger brother, such as Air Cap and Air Scarf, the C-Class Cabrio should be about as comfortable as the E-Class Cabrio.
Despite its body being heavily camouflaged, it's already known that the model will be quasi-identical to the C-Class Coupe, with the roofline being the only different bit between the two. You can actually see a C Coupe closely following the pre-production prototype in these very spy photos, so it's easy to imagine how the C Cabrio will end up looking.
Engine-wise, the model should closely mirror its Coupe brother as well, including the hardcore C63 and C63 S versions. That said, Europe should have a C-Class Cabriolet lineup comprising the C180, C200, C250 and C300 on the gasoline engines front and the C220d and C250d as far as diesels are concerned.
The U.S. will probably only get the C300 and one of the full-blown AMG versions, but we'll have to wait at least until fall of 2016 for the car to arrive in showrooms anyway. Speaking of which, the 2017 C-Class Cabriolet is expected to be unveiled in early 2016, with either NAIAS or the Geneva Motor Show being the designated venue.