The first generation of the C-Class Coupe appeared out of the blue, when the previous C-Class was facelifted in 2011, to replace the CLC-Class — a three-door hatchback Mercedes marketed as a coupe. Four years have passed since the C-Class received a true coupe version, and the second-generation C-Class Coupe is here ahead of its announced official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Internally-codenamed C205, the new C-Class Coupe has grown in size quite a bit, which in theory should create a rather tasty dilemma for some customers. In short, the new C-Class Coupe should actually offer more interior space than the theoretically larger and more expensive E-Class Coupe, not to mention the fact that it will also be lighter and have a more modern interior.

But until we find out more about that, what’s obvious here is that the 2017 C-Class Coupe is a shrunken S-Class Coupe with styling cues taken from the C-Class Sedan, which makes it quite the sexy proposition compared to compact coupes such as the 2015 BMW 4 Series and the 2016 Audi A5.

Updated 05/16/2016: Mercedes announced prices for the 2017 C300 Coupe which is now on sale at dealers nationwide. Check the "Prices" section to see how much it will cost you.

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  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    241 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    273
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    42650
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Exterior

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Those who fell in love with the overall proportions and design motifs sported by the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe will likely get a deja-vu feeling upon seeing the 2017 C-Class Coupe. Featuring a similar profile, very similar skinny taillights and a front end that is almost identical to the sedan’s, the new C-Class Coupe essentially looks like a "Honey, I shrunk the S-Class Coupe!" Naturally, the model sports a number of design differences upon closer inspection, but overall it features the same "sensual purity" design language of its largest brother.

The most notable difference is up front, since the shape of the headlights and the grille are identical to the C-Class Sedan. Continuing to the side, although using the same surface treatment and similar proportions of its bigger brother, the C-Class Coupe appears more "concentrated," not to mention the fact that it features a hidden B-pillar. The high beltline, the muscular shoulder line, and the sloping rear give it that sleek appearance you don’t get with the sedan.

Around back, the C-Class Coupe looks more like the S-Class Coupe rather than its compact sedan sibling. Both the slender taillights and the repositioning of the license plate in the bumper are carried over from the full-size coupe. The bumper, however, seems based on the C-Class Sedan’s, featuring side vents, wide exhaust pipes, and a subtle diffuser-like piece.

Interior

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Although it has quasi-identical exterior dimensions, the 2016 C-Class Coupe is more cramped inside than the sedan, the main culprit for that being the sloping roof. Even so, the new model is less claustrophobic than the first generation, thanks to a longer wheelbase and better interior packaging. As far as the design and quality of its interior goes, the new C-Class Coupe follows in the footsteps of the sedan.

Speaking of which, apart from the rear seats, pretty much every detail in the coupe is identical to the sedan. The coupe and sedan have a different console to accommodate the stick for manual transmissions, but all U.S.-market C-Class Coupes will sport automatic transmissions anyway.

All convenience features are also borrowed from the C-Class Sedan. Same goes for upholstery options, materials, color combinations and all that jazz. That’s excellent news if you ask me, as the C-Class Sedan is stunner on the inside and arguably the fanciest option in its segment.

Drivetrain

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Built on the MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform, the new model is significantly lighter the first-generation coupe — though Mercedes has yet to release details, I expect it to have shed up to 220 pounds, depending on the engine and trim level. This is thanks to the extensive use of aluminum and high-strength steel wherever possible, meaning that the lower weight doesn’t come at the expense of passive safety. With an entirely turbocharged engine lineup with either four, six or eight cylinders, the new C-Class Coupe will also offer much lower fuel consumption than its predecessor.

For the time being, Mercedes has only announced the C300 version, which uses the same turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder as the C300 sedan. The mill cranks out 240 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. But that’s not the only unit to motivate the coupe.

In Europe, both gasoline and diesel powerplants will be available, as the engine range should mirror that of the sedan and station wagon variants, except for the entry-level models, of course. Transmission-wise, the 2016 C-Class Coupe will come with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic that will be replaced in the long run by a hyper-efficient, nine-speed automatic on rear-wheel-drive models.

Latest rumors suggest that the U.S. will only get the C300 Coupe, 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Coupe and Mercedes-AMG C63 variants, almost all of them paired with different versions of the old seven-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. It is not yet clear if both the C300 and C450 AMG will get 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard in the first year. For the first time ever, the model will also be available with an optional air suspension (Airmatic), making for an exclusive feature in this segment.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 2.0 liter, four-cylinder
Output 241 HP
Torque 273 LB-FT

Prices

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The C-Class starts out at $42,650 for the C300 Coupe and $44,650 for the C300 Coupe 4Matic. Opting for the sport package will set you back an additional $1,675 and will get you AMG body styling, 18-inch AMG five-spoke wheels, sport tuned suspension, a sport brake system, brushed aluminum pedals, and a Topstitched MB-Tex upper dash trim. The Night package goes for $1,975, which gives you gloss black exterior accents 18-inch AMG five-spoke wheels, and the Sport Package. For an extra $550 you can have illumination for the Mercedes Star logo, and $350 will get you a spoiler on the rear decklid. Other options include 18-inch multispoke alloy wheels for $2060, new exterior mirror housings for $200, Chrome door handle inserts for $70, a roof spoiler for $300, Wheel hub inserts for $20, Mercedes valve stem caps for $20, and a Mercedes license plate frame for $40.

On the inside, you can opt for heated and ventilated front seats for $1030, Heated front seats for $580, memory for the front passenger seat for $430, and various cabin atomizer fragrances for $115. For options like blind spot assist, KEYLESS-GO, and the Burmester premium surround sound system, you’ll have to opt for the $2,300 Premium 1 package. The Premium 2 package, which adds everything from Premium 1, plus things like hands-free access, power folding mirrors, COMAND navigation with an 8.4-inch screen, voice control and three years of navigation updates for $4,500. Going for the Premium 3 package gets you everything from the 1st and 2nd package plus additional safety features, a cabin-air purification system, a cabin fragrance system, and a few other goodies for $7,400. Heads-up display will set you back an additional $990, and a Garmin map pilot commands an additional $625.

If you would like to equip the C300 with the AIRMATIC suspension and Dynamic Select you’ll be asked for an extra $1,190. The parking assistance package goes for $1,290, while a set of wheel locks will set you back $150. Finally, you can opt for a standalone rearview camera for an extra $460. When you consider all of the available options, you could easily increase the base price of $42,650 to well over $50,000 if you decided to get your fill of available options.

Options

Sport Package $1,675
Night Package $1,975
Premium 1 Package $2,300
Premium 2 Package $4,500
Premium 3 Package $7,400
AIRMATIC Package $1,190
Parking Assist Package $1,290
Illuminated Star $550
Rear spoiler $350
18-inch Multi-spoke alloy wheels $2,060
Exterior Mirror Housing $200
Roof spoiler $300
Heated and ventilated front seats $1,030
Heated front seats $580
Memory for front passenger seat $430

Competition

BMW 4 Series

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A direct replacement for the former 3 Series Coupe, the BMW 4 Series will be almost three years old when the new C-Class Coupe arrives in showrooms, but that is far from making it old-fashioned. Already available in convertible and even five-door body styles, the 4 Series is a success story for BMW, especially since in the meantime it also introduced the first ever M4 Coupe.

Also available with a turbocharged-only engine lineup with four- and six-cylinder engines, the BMW coupe will not be as good in terms of overall power and torque figures, but it does make up for that with good fuel consumption figures throughout and likely better handling than its Mercedes-Benz rival.

Find out more about the BMW 4 Series here.

Audi A5

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Already at the end of its career, the aging Audi A5 has just entered its eighth year of production, having been originally unveiled back in 2007. With sales still going somewhat strong, it is expected that this generation may even catch the launch of the 2017 C-Class Coupe, which would make the aging A5 a rival to two generations of Mercedes-Benz models.

Having said that, Audi has continuously updated the A5’s technology to keep it mildly young, and until recently it was the only model in its segment in the U.S. with standard all-wheel drive. Also available in five-door and cabriolet variants, along with 2014 Audi S5 and hardcore 2014 Audi RS5 versions, the smallest Audi coupe may prove to still be worthy of a comparison with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe when it arrives.

Read more about the Audi A5 here.

Conclusion

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With an exterior design inspired by the S-Class Coupe, an interior quasi-identical to the C-Class Sedan, an new turbocharged-only engine lineup and less weight, the 2016 C-Class Coupe should be a winner in theory, at least until BMW and Audi upgrade their compact coupes. Especially since after a few months it will also be accompanied by a C-Class Convertible for the first time ever.

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    • B-pillar ruins lateral windows view
    • Front-end almost identical with the C-Class Sedan

Updated History

Updated 08/14/2015: Mercedes unveiled the 2017 C-Class Coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours. In The U.S. market the model will be put on sale in the Spring of 2016, and will only be offered as the C300 and C300 4Matic.

Update 07/11/2015: The model has started shedding its camouflage ahead of an official unveiling at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Spy Shots

July 10, 2015 - Mercedes C-Class Coupe starts dropping camo

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April 1st, 2015 - Mercedes C-Class Coupe playing in the snow

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Press Release

Athletic and sporty, the vivid, sensual design of the new C-Class Coupe cuts a fine figure on the road and embodies modern luxury. At the same time, its interior raises elegance and style to a sporty level. Lightweight construction to reduce weight, excellent aerodynamics, and a dynamically configured chassis, with optional air suspension, form the basis for a high level of suspension comfort, low road noise and tire vibration, agile handling, and driving pleasure. New assistance systems provide safety of the very highest caliber. With its high-class appeal and generous interior, the new C- Class Coupe sets new standards in its segment. It arrives at U.S. dealers in Spring of 2016.

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"Our new C-Class Coupe continues the philosophy of our exciting coupes. It combines thrilling design with agile sportiness and modern luxury. The C-Class Coupe therefore clearly pledges itself to stylish driving enjoyment," states Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

As the sportiest variant of the C-Class, the Coupe displays its driving enjoyment-oriented character in an emotional and at the same time formally distinct design. A sportily striking front section featuring diamond radiator grille and long hood – the new Coupe is 2.4 inches (60mm) longer than its predecessor between the firewall and front axle alone gives way to a low greenhouse whose lines flow into a bold and powerful-looking rear end incorporating the Mercedes coupe genes. A high beltline and frameless doors with free-standing exterior mirrors underscore the sporty character.

Clean lines and sensually arranged surfaces structure the side sections into vivid light and shadow effects. One particular highlight is the long, drawn-out dropping line typical of a coupe. In contrast to the C-Class Sedan, the dropping line extends further past the rear wheel arch. To underscore the Coupe’s sporty disposition, the suspension is .6 inches (15mm) lower than that of the Sedan, making it a very sporty proposition when combined with the standard 18-inch wheels.

Interior: generous, dynamic, exquisite

The interior is likewise a statement of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy and combines emotion with intelligence. Although it exudes athletic and youthful charm, it has grown in maturity. Driver and passengers enjoy an ambience that leans toward the interior of the C-Class Sedan, yet raises it to a new, sporty level. Flowing forms characterize the center console as well as the door and rear side paneling, which smoothly merge into one another to emphasize the coupe character. The individually designed trim elements underscore the sporty character of the interior. A seating system including integral sports seats designed specifically for the Coupe offers sporty comfort, while the standard automatic belt feeder offers additional convenience. The choice of materials and the finish have a hand-crafted feel with high-class appeal and deliver a new take on modern luxury: sportiness without compromising on comfort and exquisite style.

With a 3.1 inch (80mm) longer wheelbase, the C-Class Coupe is 3.7 inches (95 mm) longer and 1.6 inches (40 mm) wider. The increased vehicle volume above all creates more spaciousness for the driver and front passenger. There is more shoulder room, elbow room and headroom in all seats.

The unique interior of the new C-Class Coupe is emphasized by the special upholstery color combinations: saddle brown, porcelain and – in the Edition 1 – nut brown/black with turquoise topstitching.

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Individual highlights

The C-Class Coupe features a wealth of equipment as standard, including LED headlights, PRE-SAFE®, KEYLESS START, Sport Suspension and a Panorama Sunroof. The Sport Appearance Package is available as an alternative to further underline the dynamism of the Coupe. It differs by virtue of exterior features such as special bumpers and sills featuring AMG bodystyling, a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. Interior highlights of the Sport Package include exclusive touches such as a sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and AMG sports pedals.

Suspension – sportily agile and comfortable

The suspension offers a high level of comfort with low road noise and tire vibration while ensuring agile driving dynamics – the basis for driving enjoyment.

A new 4-link front axle with wheel suspension decoupled from the spring strut plays a part in the agile handling characteristics. This enables sporty axle kinematics for plenty of grip and high lateral stability. As a result, the suspension responds more sensitively to steering movements and allows a sporty, agile driving style. Multi-link independent rear suspension with 5 links ensures excellent wheel location qualities and supreme straight- line stability.

A steel sport suspension with tauter springs and damping is standard, lowering the Coupe by .6 inches (15mm) compared to the Sedan.

Air suspension

The Coupe comes with the option of AIRMATIC air suspension on the front and rear axle. Its electronically controlled, continuously adjustable damping on the front and rear axle ensures outstanding road noise and tire vibration characteristics in every situation and gives the driver the option of selecting the desired driving style: sporty, comfortable or consumption-optimized. To this end, the driver can select one of five driving modes using the DYNAMIC SELECT Switch: "ECO", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport +" and "Individual.” Selecting "Individual" allows the driver to customize the vehicle settings. AIRMATIC also features all-round self-levelling for excellent ride comfort even with the vehicle loaded.

Efficient and lively engine

The C300 Coupe comes equipped with a powerful and efficient 2.0L, four-cylinder gas engine delivering 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, providing sporty performance and enhanced driving pleasure.

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Lighter, stiffer and stronger

Intelligent lightweight construction with a higher proportion of aluminum helps make the Coupe lighter than its predecessor. Light-alloy components include the fenders, hood and trunk lid. At the same time, the body is now much stiffer and stronger thanks to the use of high-strength materials, which has a positive effect on not only driving dynamics and noise levels but also crash safety. The Coupe therefore follows a Mercedes-Benz tradition in adhering to the most stringent of internal Mercedes-Benz safety requirements based on what happens in real-life accidents.

Safe semi-autonomous driving to reduce stress

There are several safety and assistance systems based on the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive concept to choose from. ATTENTION ASSIST with adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness, is included as standard. Further standard equipment includes COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, which features an acoustic warning for the driver at speeds above 4 mph and Adaptive Brake Assist to help avoid collisions by boosting the braking effect in line with the current situation. When danger of a collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 124 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles or, in the best-case scenario, even avoiding the collision altogether. At speeds of up to 31 mph the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles, and is thus able to help prevent rear-end collisions.

New assistance systems with substantially enhanced functions are optionally available, combining data from various sensor technologies such as radar sensors and a stereo camera as part of the Intelligent Drive concept to enhance comfort and safety:

DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist is an adaptive cruise control system that can adjust the speed of the vehicle in line with a slower-moving vehicle ahead in a speed range from 0 to 124 mph if required. Likewise available from 0 to 124 mph, steering intervention helps the driver stay in lane. And at speeds below 81 mph, for example in traffic jams or when driving bumper to bumper, the system can follow the vehicle ahead even where there are no or unclear lane markings, thus enabling the driver to safety and comfortably follow the flow of traffic.
As well as vehicles ahead and stationary vehicles, the BAS PLUS Brake Assist System can also detect crossing traffic and boost the braking force if the driver fails to apply the brakes sufficiently; in addition to slower-moving, stopping and stationary vehicles, the PRE-SAFE® Brake can even detect pedestrians and brake autonomously if the driver fails to react, thus preventing accidents up to 31 mph and mitigating the severity of collisions at speeds of up to 45 mph. In flowing traffic the PRE-SAFE® Brake provides assistance according to the same mode of operation throughout the speed range from 4 to 124 mph.

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Enhanced Active Lane Keeping Assist can now also prevent the vehicle from unintentionally drifting out of lane by applying the brakes on one side when the lane markings are solid or broken and there is a risk of collision, e.g. as a result of vehicles overtaking at high speed, parallel traffic or even oncoming traffic.
PRE-SAFE® PLUS extends the Intelligent Drive functions to take account of imminent rear impacts. It warns the following traffic by activating the rear hazard warning lights at increased frequency and initiating preventive

PRE-SAFE® occupant protection measures such as the reversible belt tensioner immediately prior to the impact. If the vehicle is stationary, the brakes are locked to reduce the forward jolt, which reduces the forces acting on the occupants and the risk of secondary collisions.

Optional assistance systems also include:

Active Parking Assist, which enables semi-automated parking with active steering and brake intervention in both parallel and end-on parking spaces
A 360° camera which is able to show the vehicle and its surroundings from various perspectives, including a virtual bird’s-eye view, thus assisting with parking and maneuvering

Airbags for safety

In addition to 3-point seat belts with pyrotechnical belt tensioning and belt-force limitation for driver, front passenger and rear passengers, numerous airbags serve to protect the vehicle’s occupants in an accident. These include:

Frontal protection systems: Adaptive front airbags for driver and front passenger, additionally with a kneebag on the driver’s side
Side protection systems: Thorax/pelvisbags for driver and front passenger plus front and rear windowbags, with rear sidebags available as an option

Climate control with satellite navigation

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The air conditioning system in the new C-Class Coupe operates efficiently and ensures high air quality. As in the Sedan, it uses satellite navigation to detect tunnels. It therefore closes the air recirculation flap automatically when entering a tunnel and opens it again after exiting a tunnel.

Vibrant infotainment

A completely new multimedia generation offers intuitive operation in the new C-Class Coupe, featuring elaborate animations and visual effects which present all the functions in a clear and highly attractive manner. The new C-Class is also equipped with the unique Frontbass system. This avant-garde acoustic system uses the space within the cross-member and side member in the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers to conjure up a listening experience almost on a par with a concert hall. A Burmester® surround sound system is optionally available.

The navigation system presents its contents in interactive mode. Its features include an animated compass, a "Drive Show" with information for passengers similar to the on- screen presentations on board airplanes and Google Maps displayed on the head unit.

In-car technology

COMAND offers a larger display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and a special bonded glass cover such as is familiar from consumer devices like the iPhone or iPad. The new C-Class will also include mbrace2 connected car technology, including the available option to have over twenty Mercedes-Benz Apps integrated into the COMAND system.

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