While Mercedes-Benz new C-class sedan and wagon models are fast becoming a familiar sight on Australian roads, the existing coupe version soldiers on as-is.
That’s expected to change with the debut of the ‘C205’ coupe body style, which will be first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Chief designer at Mercedes-Benz, Gorden Wagner, promises a more sporting look for the new model. As a result the roofline will be lowered by some 40mm over the current model.
Vehicle line chief, Christian Frueh, gave some clues as to the impact the sharper styling may have, describing less rear seat space and a smaller boot.
Handling is set to benefit as a result though, with a lower centre of gravity promised. Passengers will be seated 25mm lower in the chassis, and the coupe model will gain retuned suspension and steering for a more agile feel compared to the sedan.
The Mercedes-AMG C63 model is also expected to pick up unique styling cues, with wider front and rear sheet metal proving a more aggressive stance.
The engine lineup is expected to closely mimic the C-class sedan, with the possibility of more sporting C400 and C450 variants joining the Australian range in line with the coupe model’s sporting intentions.
Overseas sales are due to start in the second quarter of 2016, with an Australian debut expected later in the year.