S-Class Refinement for the Masses
S-Class is basically a byword for interior refinement. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe looks to genuinely emulate that format in a more attainable form. It comes boasting the expected infotainment, sports seats, 360-degree camera, and slew of driver controls. It also features a range of semi-autonomous driving modes (attention assist and collision prevention as standard, more optional safety gear as well) and a “Frontbass” sound system which uses the car’s chassis cross-members as resonance chambers for acoustics.
Sporty Suspension, Aiming for Cloud-like Comfort
Though mechanically linked to the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, the C300 coupe utilizes a sportier suspension than its four-door brother, which slightly lowers its ride height by around half an inch. An electronically-controlled air suspension is optionally available, which features adjustable damping and a range of ride settings spanning from “Eco” to “Sport.”
Mercedes-Benz sends its new C300 coupe out the door affixed with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which summons 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. 4Matic all-wheel-drive is readily available on C300 4Matic models, and more powerful variants are expected to arrive in due time, giving the C-Class coupe an even playing field against the BMW 4-series and Audi A5. Per usual, you can bet a high-powered AMG version to be among that bunch of future models.
Sports Appearance Package
As standard, the C300 comes genuinely well equipped—notable features include the panorama sunroof and sports suspension package. But Mercedes has also teased a new way to dress-up the C300 in the “Sports Appearance Package.” Currently unpriced, the package will include retouched AMG body styling, new grille insert, 18-inch AMG lightweight alloy wheels, AMG pedals, and a new flat bottom steering wheel.
When Can You Have One?
Mercedes-Benz says the 2017 C-Class coupes will arrive at U.S. dealerships in Spring 2016, and in the process will bypass the 2016 model year for the coupe altogether. Pricing has yet to be released, but expect more details to follow once it takes the stage at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September.