When it was introduced in 1993, the C-Class was the smallest model in the Mercedes-Benz lineup until the A-Class arrived in 1997. Now in its fourth generation, quickly following the launch of the new C-Class sedan, the luxury brand has completely redesigned its two-door C-Class "executive coupe" with a sexy new body and new safety assistance systems.
As the sportiest variant of the C-Class, the compact coupe features a distinct design that separates it from the sedan. Beyond just the difference from four doors to two, the coupe makes its own fashion statement with a striking front section featuring LED headlights, diamond radiator grille, and a long hood; it's also 3.7 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider than previous models. To help the coupe strut its performance intentions, the suspension is slightly lower than the sedan, to give it a sportier appearance when combined with the standard 18-inch wheels.
Inside, sports seats designed specifically for the coupe offer additional comfort, while a standard automatic belt feeder adds convenience. Although it exudes youthful and sexy charm, it has grown in maturity, with flowing lines and elegant materials, as well as the cutting-edge safety and convenience technology for which Mercedes-Benz vehicles are known. Its larger size increases interior volume to provide more spaciousness for the driver and front passenger, with more shoulder-, elbow-, and headroom in all seats; that may prove true when looking only at the measurements, but that back seat is still snug for passengers beyond their teens. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth connectivity, keyless start, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, and -- one of our favorite features on any car -- a panoramic sunroof.
The 2017 C300 coupe is powered by a powerful and efficient 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged gas engine delivering 241 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired with the same seven-speed transmission found in the sedan, Mercedes says the Coupe will sprint to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. Fuel economy comes in at 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined for front-wheel-drive models; AWD nets one less mpg on the highway and combined.
Several safety and assistance systems based on the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive concept are available. Standard offerings include Pre-Safe, Attention Assist with adjustable sensitivity, and Collision Prevention Assist PLUS, which features an acoustic warning for the driver at speeds above 4 mph and Adaptive Brake Assist to help avoid collisions by boosting braking when needed.
Optional systems include Optional assistance systems also include enhanced active lane keeping assist, DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control with steering assist, active parking assist for both parallel and perpendicular parking, a 360-degree birds-eye view camera, and five years of Mbrace services with remote start.
The C-Class coupe competes against the BMW 3-Series and Audi A5 coupes.
Pricing starts at $42,650 for front-wheel-drive models, not including the $925 transportation fee.
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