Mercedes-Benz has removed the roof on its C-Class for the first time ever, turning the car into a fabric soft-top cabriolet that combines “modern luxury with a youthful touch,” the automaker said.

The C-Class Cabriolet, which made its debut February 29 ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, is meant for year-round enjoyment, Mercedes-Benz explained in a release; its AIRCAP draught-stop system and AIRSCARF neck-level heating ensure comfortable top-down motoring no matter the season.

It’s during top-down driving that the C-Class Cabriolet’s distinctive character becomes most apparent, Mercedes-Benz says. Top-up the car very closely resembles its C-Class Coupe cousin.

That top, by the way, is available in either basic configuration; or as a multi-layer acoustic top, which better blocks road noise at speed and comes in dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black. It can be raised or lowered in less than 20 seconds at up to 50 km/h.

The C-Class Cabriolet will be made available with a range of engines offering between 156 and 367 horsepower; each can be ordered backed by the brand’s new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.

As with the Coupe, the C-Class Cabriolet offers a host of semi-autonomous-driving safety features; and comes in a Mercedes-AMG C 43 Cabriolet performance trim with a 367-horsepower 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will launch in Europe in the summer of 2016.