What is it?
Despite the fact that the second-generation CLK was based on C-Class underpinnings, this is the first-ever convertible Mercedes to wear a C-Class badge. It completes a diverse line-up that includes saloon, estate and coupé models, and like them, it comes with a wide range of engine and trim packages.
Included in that line-up is the range-topping C 63 S Cabriolet. We tested it in southern Italy earlier this year, and for all that we loved about it, such as its immense performance and chiseled good looks, it’s not the car the majority of buyers will opt for. Instead, the model that's likely to keep the lights on at Mercedes HQ will be this smallest-engined Mercedes C 220 d Cabriolet, tested here in AMG Line trim.
Under the bonnet sits a twin-turbo 2.1-litre diesel that’s good for 168bhp and 295lb ft of torque. In the C 220 d Coupé we found it powerful enough for most situations, and combined with Mercedes’ new nine-speed automatic gearbox, it returns an impressive 68.9mpg.
Also like the coupé model, the cabriolet receives a new four-link front suspension set-up and an adapted version of the saloon’s multi-link arrangement at the rear. The downside is a 125kg weight penalty for the cabriolet, resulting from all the extra chassis strengthening to stop it flexing.