2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe to debut at Frankfurt
Ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz released images of its all-new C-Class Coupe. U.S. versions will include the 2017 C300 and C300 4Matic, which are set to arrive in the spring of next year. Sharing much common engineering with their recently introduced C-Class Sedan, these new 2-door variants boast more aggressive styling along with a number of bespoke features that Mercedes hopes will rival the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Cadillac ATS Coupe.
The new C-Class Coupe is longer, lower, wider and has a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model it replaces, which was last sold here as a 2014 model. Employing more high-strength steel and alloys, the structure also is more rigid. That provides a rock-solid foundation for the standard multilink Sport Suspension -- which is tauter and 0.6-inch lower than the one in its 4-door sibling -- as well as the optional Airmatic suspension that features self-leveling and offers five different settings using the Dynamic Select Switch.
While retaining plenty of fundamental C-Class visuals, the new Coupe cranks up the edge with bolder front/rear fascia treatments, body contours and sweeping pillarless roof set of with upscale touches like LED headlamps and a Panorama Sunroof. The optional Sport Appearance Package brings AMG-styled bumper/side-sill elements, a unique grille treatment and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. Inside, the 4-passenger Coupe complements its roomier cabin with sport seats and distinctive trim and color combinations. Common touches include things like a standard 7-inch centrally positioned color tablet display and five years of Mbrace Services with Remote Start.
Options on the new C-Class Coupe include a Head-Up Display and 360-degree camera with Parktronic and Collision Prevention Assist Plus, several Premium Package options that add everything from a Burmester Premium Sound System, and Blind Spot Assist to Comand Navigation with an 8.4-inch screen and Voice Control. Like the Sedan, the new C-Class Coupe also will offer a full array of driver assists culled from M-B's latest S-Class flagship including Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Dynamic LED Headlights and Adaptive Highbeam Assist.
The new C-Class Coupes will be fitted M-B's sophisticated 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine. As in the C-Class Sedan, it will develop 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque and be backed by a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. While there's still no word about whether the new Coupe will spawn the same variations as the Sedan, Mercedes has confirmed the 2017 C-Class 300 and 300 4Matic models will be joined by a C63 AMG iteration "with details to follow at a later date."
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