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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe: Frankfurt Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is a 2-door coupe version of the recently redesigned Mercedes C-Class. It replaces the previous C-Class Coupe, which retained the outgoing model’s design as the C-Class Sedan was redesigned for the 2015 model year.

On the outside, the C-Class Coupe looks like a mixture of the C-Class Sedan in the front and the S-Class Coupe in back. While the outgoing model looked like a C-Class with two fewer doors, the new version offers a style of its own with a totally new rear end and a sporty, steeply raked window line and C-pillar.

Inside, the C-Class Coupe is exactly how you’d expect it to be, with virtually every design element borrowed from the C-Class Sedan. That’s not a bad thing though, as we like the C-Class’ interior, and we think it translates well to the coupe.

Although Mercedes hasn’t released specs on the U.S.-bound C-Class Coupe, we expect powertrain offerings to roughly mirror those of the sedan. As a result, expect a base-level C300 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, a midlevel C450 with a turbocharged V6 and a high-performance C63 AMG with a turbocharged V8. We also expect a choice between rear-wheel drive and 4MATIC all-wheel drive, along with a wide range of modern safety features and high-tech gadgets.

How Much?

Although Mercedes has yet to announce pricing, we’d expect a slight increase over the C-Class Sedan’s starting price of $39,900 for the C300, $51,800 for the C450 and $66,300 for the C63 AMG.

When Can You Get It?

Early 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

Although the outgoing C-Class Coupe was little more than a C-Class Sedan with two fewer doors, the latest model adds extra character. There’s a new look and new powerplants offering excellent horsepower numbers, perfect for a sleek new coupe. With the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, Mercedes may be demonstrating that it’s finally ready to take on the BMW 3 (and 4) Series in more than just the sedan game.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Audi A5 and S5 — The Audi A5 and S5 are handsome 2-door 4-seaters offered in coupe or cabriolet form. Performance from the S5 is strong, but the model’s design is becoming outdated.

2016 BMW 4 Series — BMW’s recently renamed 4 Series is essentially the coupe and convertible version of the popular 3 Series sedan. Traditionally, BMWs offered a more involved driving experience than their Mercedes rivals, but we’re not sure if that’ll remain true with the latest C-Class.

2015 Infiniti Q60 — Although Infiniti’s Q60 coupe and convertible are increasingly outdated, they still offer an impressive performance bargain in this segment, and a new coupe model is less than a year away.

Used BMW M3 — If you’re interested in a sporty German luxury coupe, the M3 is a great choice, as it’ll offer more performance and better handling than all but the top-level AMG-tuned C-Class models. New ones are pricy though, so you may want to consider a used model.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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