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Feeling left out after the CLK was replaced by the E-Class Cabriolet, the C-Class is set to get a convertible version in a couple of years.
Mercedes-Benz is reportedly planning to introduce 19 new models between now and 2020. Some of those will be refreshes of existing models, but eleven are slated to bring Mercedes into new segments - including this one. USA Today is reporting that the German automaker will offer a convertible version of the C-Class sometime after the next-generation family debuts in 2014. The new C-Class Cabriolet would more directly compete with convertible versions of the Audi A3 and BMW 3 Series or even 1 Series.
The territory was partially covered, albiet in larger form, with the previous CLK cabrio, but that was effectively replaced by the E-Class convertible that's closer in size to the Audi A5 or BMW 6 Series. If the reports prove accurate, sources rightfully expect the C-Class cabriolet to be the cheapest convertible Mercedes would offer, undercutting the $43k sticker price on the base SLK roadster and the $59k E-Class Cabriolet.