What Is It?
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
What's New About This Model?
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is an all-new coupe and a companion to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan. It is longer and wider than its predecessor, but provides more shoulder room, elbow room and headroom for all passengers.
Technology and state-of-the-art safety equipment is a major emphasis. The coupe will debut in the U.S. next spring as the C300 with either 4Matic all-wheel or rear-wheel drive. An AMG-tuned coupe will be announced at a later date, the automaker said.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Mercedes-Benz said the 2017 C-Class Coupe will arrive in U.S. showrooms in spring 2016.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing has not been announced, but it is expected to be in line with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, which starts at $39,875, including a $925 destination charge, for the 2016 C300 rear-wheel-drive model.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
The C300 will be powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine rated at 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Luxury Features Does It Have?
All C-Class coupes will come with a standard sport suspension, panorama sunroof, power front seats with driver memory and a 7-inch color tablet-style display.
An optional Sport Appearance package adds AMG exterior cues and 18-inch AMG wheels, along with an Airmatic air suspension. This feature lets the driver choose one of five driving modes, including an "Individual" mode with customized vehicle settings.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Standard safety features include Attention Assist, which warns the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness. Also standard is Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which features autonomous braking at speeds of up to 124 mph. At speeds of up to 31 mph, the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles and can help to prevent rear-end crashes.
New optional driver-assistance systems move the C-Class Coupe into the realm of semi-autonomous driving. They include Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, an adaptive cruise control system and the BAS Plus Brake Assist system, which detects crossing traffic and boosts the braking force if the driver fails to apply the brakes sufficiently.
Enhanced active lane-keeping assist automatically applies the brakes to keep the car from unintentionally drifting out of its lane.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi A5: With its pleasant driving demeanor, inviting cabin and sophisticated style, the Audi A5 coupe is one of the leaders in the segment.
BMW 4 Series: The 4 Series was all-new for 2014 and is still a top pick for a luxury sport coupe, with its fantastic handling and surprisingly usable rear seat.
Infiniti Q60: The Q60 offers satisfying performance and enduring curb appeal. The price tag is palatable as well.
Should You Wait for It?
The 2017 C-Class Coupe may give you bragging rights to one of the hottest new coupes on the market. But you can't go wrong with its German competitors if you must have something new in your driveway right now.