HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Cover Story -

THE Mercedes-Benz C-Class con­vert­ible is due next month in C200 and C300 guises, priced from $85,900 and $99,900 re­spec­tively. Stan­dard gear in the Benz show­boats in­cludes an acous­ti­cally damp­ened soft-top, LED head­lamps, sat­nav and dig­i­tal au­dio and a head-up dis­play.

The higher-per­for­mance C43 AMG and Mercedes-AMG C63 S vari­ants aren’t sched­uled un­til early next year, priced from $119,900 and $179,900.

Range Rover’s Evoque con­vert­ible is due ahead of the sum­mer heat, with pre­dicted lo­cal ar­rival in Novem­ber.

If the drop-top model — the world’s first con­vert­ible SUV — em­u­lates the suc­cess of the reg­u­lar Evoque, de­sign boss Gerry McGovern will have es­tab­lished a new pres­tige niche oth­ers are sure to fol­low: the “four-wheel drive for four sea­sons”.

Pric­ing is ex­pected to start at $84,835 for the en­try level turbo diesel, ris­ing to $91,015 for the top-spec petrol model

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