Think you like the look of the latest Benz C-Class sedan? Then you haven’t seen the just-redrawn coupe version of that car. Bearing front-end styling that echoes its sedan counterpart, and a rear aspect that recalls the AMG GT, this is a very handsome car.
The new styling brings with it the new range of engines shared with the sedan. Benz’s global press release mentions engines we won’t see in North America, like a 1.6L four-cylinder gas engine, and a diesel powerplant, but goes on to talk about the 2.0L turbocharged four introduced in the 2015 C 300 sedan. Strangely, not mentioned is the twin-turbo V6 that powers the C 400 sedan; we can’t see that motor not making it under the hood of this car for North American customers.
The new coupe is 95 mm longer and 40 mm wider than the outgoing coupe, and rides on a wheelbase stretched 80 mm, and ride height is lowered 15 mm relative to the four-door.
Other new stuff includes the Benz ‘agility select’ system, which tailors throttle response and steering effort to the driver’s whim, and in cars so-equipped, it also works on an air suspension setup. Other tech adopted from the sedan includes active park assist, high-beam assist, autonomous emergency braking, and the pre-safe plus rear-impact mitigation system.
EDIT: Mercedes-Benz Canada has politely informed us that the new C-Class coupe doesn’t go on sale in December as we’d originally said. It arrives in Canada in Spring 2016, as a 2017 model.