The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is on sale now and the first models will reach the UK this December.
Prices start at £30,995 for the entry-level C200 petrol model rising to £66,910 for the Mercedes-AMG C63 S.
The second-generation C-Class Coupé, which is a rival for the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series, takes on a more striking appearance and will eventually be offered with a wider range of engines than the first-generation model originally introduced in 2011.
The new Mercedes-Benz is the second model in an expanded four-strong C-Class line-up, following on from fifth-generation C-Class saloon and C-Class estate models launched last year, and the upcoming first-generation C-Class Cabriolet due to get an airing at next year’s Geneva motor show.
As revealed in earlier scoop photographs, the appearance of the new Mercedes-Benz model, known under the internal codename C205, leans heavily on that of the latest C-Class saloon. The two share the same basic front-end styling treatment through to the leading edge of the doors. From there back, the second-generation C-Class Coupé closely mimics the design of the latest S-Class Coupé.
Key exterior design elements include uniquely shaped headlights, a bold grille with diamond-shaped inserts, prominent front wheel arch flares, strong structure to the flanks, heavily plunging roofline, prominent hunches over the rear wheel arches, a generously tapered glasshouse, acutely angled rear window, high-set boot lid, horizontally mounted tail-lights and trapezoidal tailpipes integrated into the lower section of the rear bumper.
To underscore its sporting intent, the new coupé receives a more rakish glasshouse than its four-door sibling. Like the A5 and 4 Series, it retains a B-pillar in the interest of structure integrity. The doors, described by project leader Christian Früh as among the longest on any existing Mercedes-Benz model, are frameless.
Based on the latest evolution of the Mercedes-Benz MRA (modular rear architecture) platform, the C-Class Coupé has grown in dimensions. The new model is 95mm longer and 40mm wider than its predecessor, leading to what Mercedes-Benz describes as “more shoulder room, elbow room and head room in all seats”. Some 60mm of the added length is concentrated between the front axle and firewall, providing the basis for a more angled windscreen.
The interior uses the same stylish dashboard and switchgear as the latest C-Class saloon. However, the new C-Class Coupé receives unique front sports seats with integral headrests as well as two individual rear seats. There is also a standard automatic belt feeder similar to that used by the E-Class coupé.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that a Bluetooth-compatible entertainment system allowing internet capability through a mobile phone will be standard.
Also on board is Mercedes-Benz’s Attention Assist function, which warns the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness. It is joined by Collision Prevention Assist, which is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds up to 124mph in combination with a further standard system called Adaptive Brake Assist.
As part of Mercedes-Benz's efforts to establish itself at the forefront of autonomous driving technology, the new model also comes with an optional Distronic Plus system, part of the £1695 Driver’s Assistance Package. It enables the new C-Class Coupé to autonomously steer in order to remain in its lane at speeds between 0 and 124mph.
The C-Class Coupé will come with the choice of two petrol engines at launch. The entry-level C200 produces 181bhp while the C300 manages 241bhp. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on the C200; a seven-speed automatic is standard on the C300 and an option on the C200.