Mercedes-Benz has finally taken its wraps off the 2016 Mercedes C-Class Coupe, ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
Despite sharing its front end with the sedan, the C-Class Coupe looks decidedly sleek, with the fastback, shallow greenhouse and long frameless doors giving it a mini S-Class Coupe look.
Crucially, it is considerably bigger than its predecessor, measuring 95mm longer and 40mm wider, with 60mm of the extra length going between the firewall and front axle alone.
Its wheelbase has also been stretched by 80mm, promising better leg, shoulder, elbow and headroom in all four seats.
The C-Class Coupe sits 15mm closer to the ground compared to the sedan and comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, with 18- and 19-inch rims available as an option.
Inside, the sedan’s much-extolled dashboard has been carried over into the coupe, along with unique front sports seats with integrated headrests and standard automatic belt feeder.
Available upholstery colours options include saddle brown, porcelain and – in the Edition 1 – nut brown/black with turquoise topstitching. An interior chrome package brings silver chrome highlights to the instrument cluster, air vents and the door openers.
At launch, the C-Class Coupe will be available with a range of Euro 6 compliant four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines shared with the sedan but with auto start/stop and a claimed 20% reduction in fuel consumption.
It will also come with “safe semi-autonomous driving” technologies, such as Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop & Go Pilot, which follows the vehicle ahead even where there are no lane markings.
Besides vehicles ahead and stationary ones, BAS Plus Brake Assist System can also detect crossing traffic and boost the braking force if the driver fails to apply the brakes sufficiently. Pre-Safe Brake can even detect pedestrians and brake autonomously if the driver fails to react, potentially preventing accidents up to 50 km/h and reducing the severity of collisions at speeds of up to 72 km/h.