Mercedes has released the first details of the new C-Class Coupe, which is set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
The C-Class has always been closely linked stylistically to the big S-Class and so it is here, the C Coupe baring a strong likeness to the S Coupe.
The coupe is broadly the same as the saloon up to the base of the windscreen, though the headlights and grille are new, and the front wings wear a prominent flare.
From there back, the coupe is all new. Boldly sculpted flanks run into strong haunches. Above, the steeply raked glasshouse and flowing roofline lead to a rear end that draws heavily from the S Coupe. It’s a very handsome thing and much more distinctive than its main rivals, the Audi A5 and BMW 4-Series.
It stands some 95mm longer than the old C-Class Coupe – 80mm of which is in the wheelbase – and 40mm wider. The bigger dimensions have liberated more interior space in every seat. The saloon’s attractive, ergonomically excellent dashboard and switchgear are carried over, with unique seats front and rear.
The launch engine line-up follows that of the saloon, petrol engines running through power outputs from 154bhp and 242bhp. There are 168bhp and 201bhp diesels, as well. AMG versions will follow in due course.
As you would expect, the C Coupe comes loaded with gadgetry as standard, with much more on the options list, including a phalanx of driver assistance aids and an internet-capable Comand infotainment system.
Full prices and specs for the Mercedes C-Class Coupe will be announced later in the year. It is due to go on sale in the UK in December.
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By Only Motors