2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Preview
- Completely redesigned
- Longer, wider, lighter, more aerodynamic
- Improved efficiency and performance
- Increased level of standard equipment
- New safety, infotainment, and convenience technologies
- On sale in spring 2016
Mercedes-Benz has redesigned the C-Class Coupe for the 2017 model year, making the car larger, more efficient, and more sophisticated in terms of materials and technology. Initially, the new 2017 Mercedes C-Class Coupe will be offered as the C300 and the C300 4Matic.
With the new C-Class Coupe, Mercedes-Benz designers have added 2.4 in. between the front axle and the car’s firewall, giving it a distinctly long hood and short rear deck. Overall, the new C-Class Coupe is 3.7 in. longer and 1.6 in. wider than the car it replaces.
Highlights of the new design include a standard diamond-pattern grille, high beltline, frameless doors, panoramic glass sunroof, and a lower stance thanks to its standard sport suspension. Aluminum is used to construct the car’s hood, trunk, and fenders, and the new C-Class Coupe is equipped with standard LED headlights.
Mercedes says that the new C-Class Coupe’s interior is styled similar to the C-Class Sedan, but with a more sporting character in terms of appearance and materials.
A Sport Appearance package will be offered for the new 2017 C-Class Coupe, adding slightly modified front and rear styling, chrome grille pins, flat-bottom sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and lightweight 18-in. aluminum wheels.
An Airmatic air suspension is also available, adjusting to the car’s Dynamic Select driving modes, which include Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual settings.
Under the Hood
Mercedes will launch the 2017 C-Class Coupe as the C300 and C300 4Matic. A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque is standard and the 4Matic model includes all-wheel drive.
Several safety technologies are standard for the new C-Class Coupe. Attention Assist monitors for drowsy or inattentive driving, and a Collision Prevention Assist system equips the car with collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems. The new C-Class Coupe also includes Pre-Safe, a system that prepares the car for an impact in the event that a collision cannot be avoided.
Options include adaptive cruise control with steering-assist technology, which helps to keep the car centered in a lane and to follow the vehicle immediately ahead when driving in heavy traffic. Enhanced Active Lane Keeping technology performs a number of functions, including lane-departure prevention and lane-keeping assist duties. The C-Class Coupe is also available with pedestrian-detection technology, which activates automatic braking, if necessary, to avoid low-speed collisions with pedestrians.
Every 2017 Mercedes C-Class Coupe will include Keyless Go, a passive entry system with push-button engine starting. An automatic climate control system is standard, too, and can employ the satellite navigation system’s data to detect when the car enters a tunnel, closing the air recirculation flap until the car exits the tunnel.
Navigation is offered with a new range of COMAND infotainment systems that supply a tablet-style glass touch screen with greater resolution, as well as improved graphics and animations compared with the previous C-Class Coupe. Cars with navigation feature Google Maps integration and a “Drive Show” feature for passengers.
The COMAND system includes Mbrace2 connected-car technology with up to 20 apps integrated with the infotainment system. A Frontbass speaker design is also standard, and buyers can upgrade to an optional Burmeister premium surround-sound audio system.
Additional options include an active park-assist system that steers the car into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces while the driver operates the pedals and transmission, as well as a 360-degree bird’s-eye view camera system.
- 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview
- Mercedes-Benz Car, Truck & SUV Quality, Dependability & Performance Ratings
- 2015 Mercedes-Benz Buyer's Guide