• Mercedes C-Class Coupe Starts Dropping Camouflage: Spy Shots

About two months away from its official unveiling, the second-generation 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is still testing in Germany. This time around caught with significantly less camouflage covering its body, the sleek coupe seems almost ready to show its new shape to the world. It’s not like we don’t know it will look like a shrunken 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, but we can’t be sure about it until every single inch of camouflage is removed.

Last time we saw it, the C-Class Coupe was drifting in the snow somewhere in Scandinavia, with only part of its roof and the A-pillars out in the open. This time our trusty paparazzi spotted the two-door camo-free from the B-pillars forward, with more than 50 percent of the car ready to be analyzed in detail.

As expected, the front fascia is identical to that of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Both the headlamps and the grille have been transferred from the four-door, even though the latter is still wearing some sort of camouflage. Make no mistake though, that’s a diamond grille right there. On to the sides, the coupe sports similar proportions to the sedan, but, at the same time, it looks like a more compact version of the S-Class Coupe. The concealed B-pillar contributes to that effect.

The rear is where the C-Class Coupe will be rather different that its sedan sibling and more similar to the S-Class. Though the rear fascia is still hidden, the slender taillights are quite visible through the gray sheet. Moreover, the license plate has been repositioned in the bumper, a feature seen on the S-Class Coupe.

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Why it matters

Though I’m not the type to encourage the "same sausage, different lengths" strategy (I’m looking at you, Audi!), I actually think it’s a good idea for the C-Class to look like a shrunken S-Class Coupe. I do think the C-Class Sedan looks awfully similar to the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class from the side, but I think the C-Class has a more muscular stance simply because it’s more "dense." This feature would appear even hotter on the C-Class Coupe, which would also benefit from the S-Class Coupe’s sexy rear end.

2016 Mercedes C-Class Coupe - Spy Shots

Mercedes C-Class Coupe Starts Dropping Camouflage: Spy Shots Exterior Spyshots
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Mercedes C-Class Coupe Starts Dropping Camouflage: Spy Shots Exterior Spyshots
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Mercedes C-Class Coupe Starts Dropping Camouflage: Spy Shots Exterior Spyshots
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You can check our speculative review of the model here.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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