Mercedes-Benz will add a third model to the revised C-Class range in June when a coupe joins the line-up for the first time. The C-Class coupe effectively replaces the CLC, which went out of production at the end of last year.
In the UK, the newcomer will be sold as a sporty upmarket model with standard AMG bodywork and 18-inch wheels, sports suspension and speed-sensitive power steering. Five direct-injection engines will be offered – four-cylinder 1.8-litre petrol units for the C180 and C250 and 2.1-litre diesels for the C220 CDI and C250 CDI. The final option is a 3.5-litre petrol V6 that isn’t being offered in the saloon.
Fuel economy and emissions figures will be as impressive as those of the saloon and estate, where improvements of up to 31% have been made. The C220 CDI, for instance, is officially rated at more than 64mpg, with CO2 emissions of 117g/km.
The frontal styling reflects the changes made to other members of the C-Class family, but with one or two unique twists, while an elongated roofline over the four-seater cabin makes the tail appear shorter and gives the car sportier proportions. The coupé is 41mm lower than the saloon, though, so headroom is a bit more restricted.
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Trim quality and safety features are a match for those in the rest of the range – intelligent lights with a variable beam pattern, and Merc’s Attention Assist feature that identifies and warns tired drivers are standard – and there’s the option of saloon’s much-improved telematics system.