Preview: 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe

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After the release of the current Mercedes-Benz C Class sedan, the world seemed to universally love it. It was speak, stylish, comfortable and had one of the most beautiful interiors on the market. The new C Class immediately took attention away from the aging Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. However, the previous generation C Class Coupe had to make due against the updated Audi A5 and brand new BMW 4 Series. Now, however, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its latest C Class Coupe and it looks to attack Audi and BMW with the same strategy that the C Class sedan had.

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The exterior of the C Class Coupe is reminiscent of the Mercedes flagship S Class Coupe. This is no surprise really, as the C Class sedan is considered a “baby S Class” of sorts, by many. So it’s no secret that the C Class Coupe took its design cues from its much more expensive sibling. On the exterior, the C Class Coupe is equally as handsome as the sedan variant, though the coupe has a hint more elegance. With smooth, swooping lines, short overhangs and a very short rear deck, the C Class coupe embodies the styling of coupes from a bygone era. Though, if I have one complaint, it’s that it’s a bit restrained. I was hoping for something a touch sportier, being the small coupe that it is and not a bit grand tourer. Audi’s upcoming A5 has a colossal task ahead of it to upstage this.

The interior is tremendous, as per usual. Mercedes has worked its usual magic here and developed an interior that’s both sporty and luxurious all while feeling absolutely top dollar. If Audi wants a shot at beating this interior, it’s going to have to bring its absolute A Game. The upcoming B9 Audi A4’s interior is very attractive and is most likely made of top-notch materials, but it will struggle to keep up with the beauty of the C Class’ interior.

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The Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe will debut in North America in two flavors, rear-wheel drive C300 and all-wheel drive C300 4Matic. Both models will come with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, developing 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This is about right on par with Audi’s upcoming A5’s 2.0 liter engine, which makes a bit more horsepower, 252 to be exact, but the same amount of torque. While the Benz will have similar power, it will likely be heavier than the lightweight Audi.

The current crop of C Class’ are good handlers as well. While not the sharpest of canyon carvers, the C Class chassis is a capable one and provides a very nice balance of sport and comfort. The C Class sedan is an excellent car to drive and I’m assuming the Coupe will be no different, if anything it will be better. From recent drive reviews, the upcoming B9 Audi A4 is actually quite the good handler as well, so it seems as though the A5 might have a chance of taking the C Class Coupe down, in terms of driving dynamics.

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I’d also be remiss to not tell you all of the luxury and safety features that the new C Class Coupe comes with. With LED headlights, keyless entry and an adjustable chassis system as standard, the C Class Coupe is very well equipped. It even has a automatic climate control system that can access the GPS to recognize when the car is in a tunnel so it can turn the recirculation mode on. That’s fancy.

All in all, the Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe seems to be a real threat toward the upcoming Audi A5 and current BMW 4 Series. Mercedes is also pulling out the big guns in the future with a Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, which will pack a 4.0 liter twin-turbcharged V8 that will have two different states of power, 469 hp and 503 hp. We have little to no information about the upcoming Audi A5, but we do know that Audi will need to work hard to beat this C Class Coupe.