|The Mercedes Coupé is the latest version to join the coveted C-Class line-up, featuring the Three-point Star’s typical athletic and sporty compact sedan demeanor.|
The diamond-accented grille and long bonnet continue to give the C-Coupe a striking front end, much like the current CLA- and C-Class line-ups. At the same time, the stout lines give the profile its distinctive character, which leads to the powerful-looking and slim rear end.
Profile-wise, 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 coupé. In the aerodynamics efficiency bracket, the Coupe has a Cd value of 0.26.
To underscore the Coupé’s sporty disposition, the suspension is 15 millimeters lower than that of the Sedan, making it a sporty proposition when combined with the standard 17-inch tyres.
In dimensions, the wheelbase has been extended by 80 mm, while the length is increased by 95 mm and width goes up by 40 mm. 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.
Moving to the inside, the C-Coupe’s cabin has flowing forms to characterize the center console as well as the door and rear side panelling. The individually designed trim elements underscore the sporty character of the interior. A seating system including integral sports seats designed specifically for the Coupé offers sporty comfort. Plus there is an automatic belt feeder for added 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. In addition, the unique position of the new C-Class Coupé is emphasized by the special upholstery color combinations: saddle brown, porcelain and, in the Edition 1, nut brown/black with turquoise topstitching.
AMG Line available for the Coupe on the exterior include special bumpers and sills with AMG bodystyling, diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. Interior highlights of the AMG Line include upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber in black with contrasting topstitching, a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section, AMG sports pedals, chrome package, and trimmings in open-pore black ash, combined with aluminium in the dashboard and the doors.
There are initially four petrol engines available for the Coupe. The power spectrum ranges from the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine in the C 180 with 115 kW/156 hp to the two-liter C 200 (135 kW/184 hp) and C 250 (155 kW/211 hp) versions and the C 300, likewise with a displacement of two liters but with an output of 180 kW/245 hp. The two diesel versions available include the four-cylinder units with SCR technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) developing 125 kW (170 hp) and 150 kW (204 hp), respectively.
In the suspension department, there a new 4-link front axle with wheel suspension; decoupled from the spring strut for agility purposes. At the rear, a Multi-link independent suspension with 5 links ensures excellent wheel location qualities and supreme straight-line stability. The Coupe comes with steel suspension as standard. There are two variants with selective damping system available in conjunction with this suspension, each of which is 15 mm lower than on the sedan. Agility Control and Airmatic air suspension further improve the car’s handling and ride stability. To this end, the driver can select one of five driving modes using the DYNAMIC Select Switch: “ECO”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Individual”.
The new Mercedes Coupe is scheduled to roll out to dealerships, starting December.