Broadening the reach. That’s how Mercedes-Benz describes the move that has seen it replace the once popular CLK with not one but a pair of coupe models – both sharing the same basic underpinnings and, in part, driveline combinations. The E-class coupe was introduced in 2009, and now here's the C-class coupe.

It represents the second stage in the German car maker’s bid for up-market coupe dominance being kicked into action.

The Mercedes-Benz C-class coupé gets off to a good start as its arrivals also spells the end for the CLC – a mediocre effort based on the previous C-class.

And being given the simplest, most obvious and most descriptive name can say a lot about a car, so we’re relieved that Mercedes has gone for C-class coupe rather than CLC, CLK or CL anything else equally confusing.

The name isn’t the only cause to think that this coupé will be something of a revelation because, in recent years, Mercedes has been producing cars that aren’t trying to feel like BMWs but are distinctly and very appealingly individual to the three-pointed star. The C-class on which this car is based was the first of this new breed.

As well as the usual range of petrol, diesel and AMG models we’ve come to expect from a Mercedes line-up, the C-class coupe also includes a very special Black Series model, a badge Mercedes has only endowed on three other cars before it.

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