Quite apart from Mercedes filling a niche that ought to have been filled when Helmut Kohl was chancellor, they have bravely painted it metallic raspberry.
The vehicle is labelled the C300 because it is a C-class and because there are 300 stitches to the metre on the interior upholstery. It’s not because it’s a 3.0 litre straight six or anything. These statistics are courtesy of Automotive News: “The C300 comes with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine that generates 241 hp and has a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds. Like the C43 coupe, the C43 convertible comes with a 3.0-liter, V-6 biturbo engine that produces 362 hp and can reach 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The C43 convertible has a top speed of 155 mph.”
If add this to Renault’s gold Scenic we see what looks like a shift in colour sensibilities. Taking off my frivolous hat, this car is very pleasing indeed. After a long time when Mercedes designs looked harsh or coarse, there is in some model-lines a definite shift towards grace. The saloon version, seen in motion, has something of the slippery elegance of ’30s cars. That feeling is carried over here to the cabriolet which brings with it a very strong promise of feel-good.
These cars will make some owners very pleased with life as they drive around the Schwarzwald in early spring and early autumn. I honestly hope that metallic grey is not offered for this car. It deserves better.