As forecast by the S-Class range, the C-Class coupe offers a sleeker take on its four-door counterpart, while still paying tribute to the bigger coupe’s styling.
A more aggressive stance is helped out by a new set of proportions, overall the new coupe is 95mm longer than the outgoing one, with an 80mm longer wheelbase. Width increases by 40mm.
There’s even an extra 60mm between the front axle and the dash, giving the new coupe a classic long-bonnet look.
At the rear new, wider, slimmer tail lights help give a fattened, low-profile look, with the number plate moved down to the rear bumper.
At launch engines will include a range of turbocharged four cylinder engines starting with the 1.6 litre, 115kW C180. From there a trio of 2.0 litre version are offered, the 135Kw C200, and 155kw C250, topped by the 180kW C300.
There’s also a pair of updated diesel engines producing 125kW and 150kW, likely to wear C200d and C250d badges, although the naming is not yet confirmed.
Given the more sports-focussed positioning of the new C-Class coupe, Australia may not receive the C180 version initially.
More powerful V6 engined C400 and C450 AMG versions are also likely.
A pair of Mercedes-AMG C63 coupes, will arrive later. Expect the more powerful C63 S version for Australia, with the same 375kW and 700Nm as the four-door version already on sale here.
Suspension tune is unique to the coupe, with the two door sitting 15mm lower than the sedan. Two suspension variants are offered, a comfort biased Agility Control, or firmer sport suspension.
Optional Airmatic air suspension for front and rear axles is also available.
Steering feel is preserved by the use of a four-link front suspension which decouples wheel motion from the spring strut, allowing more agile steering feel.
Stiffer body construction, which utilises a higher proportion of high-strength steel, makes the new coupe lighter than before, although Benz is yet to reveal how much lighter. Aluminium panels are used on the bonnet, front guards, and boot lid as well.
On the inside the C-Class coupe adopts much of the interior styling of the sedan. Sports seats are specifically designed for the coupe, while the front seats gain automatic belt feeders.
For the first time, the C-Class coupe also features frameless door glass.
Aggression can be turned up with an optional AMG Line styling pack that features more aggressive front and rear bumpers, a diamond patterned grille, and 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels. Inside there’s unique Artico artificial leather and Dinamica microfibre trim, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and AMG sports pedals.
Buyers can also select from optional Distronic adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go and Steering Assist, Enhanced Active Lane Keeping Assist, that can brake the wheels on one side of the car to keep it within its lane, plus 360-degree cameras, active park assist, and adaptive high beam.
Expect full details on Australian pricing and features closer to the car’s mid-2016 arrival here.
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