2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Aug 17, 2015
FAST FACTS
  • 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

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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Photo

Introduction

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.

Exterior Features

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.

Interior Features

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.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Photo All occupants benefit from greater shoulder, elbow, and head room, and unique sport-bolstered front seats are standard for the C-Class Coupe. Saddle Brown and Porcelain are the interior color choices, unless the Edition 1 version is chosen, which features Nut Brown and Black leather with Turquoise exposed stitching.

Optional Features

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.

Safety

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.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Photo Technology

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.

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