We had to wait quite a while for a replacement of the Mercedes-Benz CLK model after the German luxury car manufacturer discontinued this popular coupé model some time ago. The motoring world was finally blessed with the introduction of the C-Class coupé not so long ago and now the latest incarnation of the C-Class coupé has broken cover and here's what you need to know about it:
As the sportiest variant of the C-Class, the coupé displays its driving enjoyment via an oriented character in an emotive and at the same time, formally distinct design. A sporty front section featuring the diamond radiator grille and long bonnet gives way to a low cabin area whose lines flow into a bold and powerful-looking rear-end incorporating the well-defined Mercedes coupé genes.
A high beltline and frameless doors with free-standing exterior mirrors add to the car’s sporty yet elegant style.
The interior is likewise a statement of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy and combines emotion with intelligence. It not only exudes athletic and youthful charm, it has also grown in maturity. Driver and passengers can enjoy an ambience that leans toward the interior of the C-Class sedan and the coupé raises it to a new, sporty level.
There are features such as a seating system, which includes integral sports seats designed specifically for the coupé, which 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, that is, sportiness without compromising on comfort and exquisite style.
It features a wealth of equipment as standard, however, there is room for customization. Take for instance the AMG Line, which is available as an alternative to further underline the dynamism of the coupé. It differs by virtue of exterior features such as special bumpers and sills featuring AMG body-styling, a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. Interior highlights of the AMG Line include sportily exclusive touches such as upholstery in Artico man-made leather/Dinamica micro-fibre in black with contrasting topstitching, a multifunction sports steering-wheel with flattened bottom section and AMG sports pedals.
As for the power plants, Mercedes-Benz has made use of familiar units.
There are initially four petrol engines available for the coupé. The power spectrum ranges from the 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine in the C180 with 115kW, to the two-litre C200 135kW and C250 with 155kW of power. The more powerful C300, which also features a displacement of just two litres but with an output of 180kW, will also be on offer.