By on August 15, 2015

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Some may argue that Mercedes is responsible for the prevalence of four-door coupes on the market thanks to the popularity of the CLS. While the tri-star brand might be found guilty in the court of public opinion for slagging upon us such an abomination, it’s refreshing that the German brand still knows how to make a real, honest-to-goodness coupe — and this is the latest one: the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.

Up front, the C-Class Coupe looks almost the same as its four-doored sibling. The large disco ball grille is similar to that found on the CLA, while new headlights and remaining front body work is pulled almost directly from the C-Class sedan.

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

As soon as you get to the roofline, everything changes. The silhouette — already swooping toward the rear on the sedan — shows a tightened rump and much more horizontal rear lamp wrap around sections. At the rear, the C-Class Coupe looks to have more in common with the Mercedes-AMG GT than the C-Class sedan. That’s sharp, Herr Geschäftsmann.

The new two door will go on sale in the spring of 2016 as a 2017 model, available in C 300 and C 300 4Matic guises. Expect the usual levels of AMG-ness to follow shortly thereafter.

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49 Comments on “Mercedes-Benz Removes Two Doors from C-Class, Creates Real Coupe...”


  • avatar

    So there won’t be a C400 Coupe? That’s silly.

    • 0 avatar
      Ion

      The 400 is done. The V6 is getting reworked into the 450 AMG sport.

      • 0 avatar
        Maxb49

        Really? So the automakers are now trying to sell a V6 as “luxury”? Give me a break. I’m not going to waste another dime on a German car if they continue to slash costs and offer less value for more money.

        • 0 avatar
          TonyJZX

          The fact the next AMG C63 is actually a 4.0 liter twin turbo means there isnt much ‘gap’ for a V8 in a non AMG Mercedes…

          I suspect a boosted 3.0 V6 would be plenty of power for their intended customer… I mean if you want V8 get a Lexus or something domestic.

          • 0 avatar

            Right. A 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 is what’s in the C400—versus the 2.0-liter turbo I4 in the C300—and it’s plenty powerful. I just think there should be a C400 coupe counterpart.

            There’s no reason to make the V6 a strictly-AMG affair.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            The C400 sedan is going away too. The replacement is the C450 AMG Sport. I expect the coupe is too low-volume to warrant an intermediate level between the C300 and the C63 AMG.

        • 0 avatar
          Ion

          You’ve never spent a dime on a C-class there’s always been a boosted 4cyl in each generation. The E class only offers a 4cyl diesel but the non-AMG V8 in the sedan has been phased out for the turbo v6

          • 0 avatar
            CJinSD

            Not in the US there hasn’t. The first C-class was strictly naturally aspirated here. The W203 introduced the kompressor models. The W204 moved back upmarket and had naturally aspirated V6 engines standard until 2012.

          • 0 avatar
            Maymar

            CJinSD, didn’t the W202 get the SLK’s Kompressor engine in 1999, towards the end of its run?

            Now, if we count the W201 as a C-Class, we only got those as naturally aspirated, but absolutely with four cylinders.

          • 0 avatar
            sportyaccordy

            W202 def came in Kompressor form.

        • 0 avatar
          sportyaccordy

          Cylinders per $$$ seems like a pretty silly metric of value. If that’s your metric get a rental grade Charger HEMI.

          • 0 avatar
            tjh8402

            @sportyaccordy – it’s not so much about cylinder count as it is refinement. A good six cylinder (like a BMW or Toyota) can give a V8 a run for its money when it comes to NVH and sound quality. The only way to make a 4 cylinder sound not cheap is to muffle it so much you can’t hear it (like BMW has done with the N20). I don’t want my $50k sedan to sound like a Focus or Civic when I get on the power.

  • avatar
    twotone

    Hard to tell from the photos, but does it have a B pillar? One reason I prefer MB over BMW coupes is the lack of the B pillar. It gives the car a more open look and feel with all with the windows rolled down. Does the term “hard top” still apply to pillar-less coupes?

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Does this mean the E-Class coupe and convertible fall by the wayside or does it stay around to compete with the BMW 4-Series and Audi A5 coupe and convertible particularly since this C-Class coupe competes with the 2-Series.

    • 0 avatar
      JD23

      In terms of size, price and character, the C-Class coupe is far more similar to the 4-Series and A5 than the 2-Series. The E-Class coupe is in a bit of a no man’s land since the C-Class has moved upward.

      • 0 avatar

        Well, ironically, the current E-Class coupe and cabriolet are on the C-Class platform. But, no, the E-Class coupe doesn’t really have any competitors. BMW’s 6-Series is larger, pricier and arguably quite a bit nicer. That said, it should remain around.

  • avatar
    ect

    I’ve never understood the appeal of mid- or full-size 2-door cars. The larger front doors make it more difficult to get in and out, even for front-seat passengers Any perceived aesthetic benefit just isn’t worth the aggro.

    • 0 avatar

      The C-Class coupe is compact, going against the Audi A5, BMW 4-Series, Cadillac ATS Coupe and Lexus RC.

      • 0 avatar
        ect

        To my eye, this is a mid-size car. To a rental company, it’s probably full-size!*

        Questions of nomenclature aside, it’s my view that any car that (a) has more than 2 seats, or (b) is bigger that a Fiat 500 deserves 4 doors.

        *originally meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but I see that Enterprise defines “standard-size” (i.e., larger than mid-size) as “VW Jetta or similar”

    • 0 avatar
      Joss

      Might be nice, might be fast.. but can you see over anything?

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Are you kidding? Lol Ive always liked big coupes, with the exception of the big T-bird (pre-83 all the way back to the first 4 seater ‘bird) and mid-to-late 1970s Ford/Lincoln/Mercurys (and Mopars as well like the Cordoba…yuck). The exception would be the “compact” (really more midsize) Mercury Zephyr (especially the Z-7), and some earlier Granada/Monarch and Mavrick/Comet coupes.

      I liked the pre-FWD Olds Delta 88/Buick LeSabre coupes of the late 70s/early 80s. I love the Olds/Pontiac/Buick “G body” coupes (midsize), and would seriously consider a 3800-powered W body Grand Prix coupe or Monte Carlo before their 4 door siblings. Dont care for the boxy (80s) Caprice or Crown Vic 4-doors, but the ultra-rare coupe versions are sweet. The big 1960s domestic coupes were very hot, out done only slightly by the suicide-door Continental of the same era.

      To me, it makes the car more personal. It shows that youre willing to put up with compromized rear seat room and access because the car looks better for it. It just gives off a better vibe, a more attractive personality. It doesnt always mean the car is more sporty, but a lot of times it does give off that vibe as well. It is possible to have a family and drive a coupe. My mom drove a 2-door (hatchback) Escort in my early childhood. It didnt kill us to flip the seat up and climb in the back. 9 year olds are pretty good at that sorta stuff, ha ha. That’s not to say we didnt appreciate the easier access and vast room we had when dad bought her a new Aerostar minivan to replace it as the family truckster.

      Take this car for example. I probably wouldnt even consider a C-class sedan if I were in a position to buy one. But, this coupe looks good, it might cause me to at least stop and check it out. Although, Id still choose a 4-door over it, namely the Alfa Romeo Giulia. I think the Giulia is probably smaller and may not even compete directly with C-Class (Im honestly not sure), but I like the car and I dont really care what Im supposed to compare it to. Its how the car makes me feel when I see it and how I feel when I drive it. Im very sure driving the Giulia would consistantly put a smile on my face, no matter if it had 2 doors or 4. I do think a Giulia coupe would be great. Even the Lincoln MKZ would look great as a coupe IMO.

      I do like the big granddady Benz coupe, the S-Class. Its pretty hot but considering what it costs, I probably wouldnt buy it even if it were possible for me. I could buy one new smaller car (Giulia) and possibly several older cars Id like to have for that much money. Or, Id quit screwing around and just get a R-R Phantom Drophead coupe, lol. Might as well dream big, eh? :D

  • avatar
    runs_on_h8raide

    Mercedes Benz Accord Coupe. Well done.

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      More like a coupe version of a Chrysler 200, if they built one. The C-piller back is a dead ringer.

      • 0 avatar
        TonyJZX

        you forgot the Trump card, as it were

        its RWD and thats a game changer (LOL!)

        I dont even mind the boosted 4 cyl. although inevitably it’ll sound like bolts clanging around in a jam tin… I personally dont see the point of it in many respects when for the same money you can get the wagon/estate which is maximum idiot points… I mean if you get a coupe you may as well get something that leaves 11s on the road like a domestic

        but a Mercedes wagon? yeah ok… and especially since you can get diesel merc wagons where I am… you can get a diesel CLK convertible too but god knows why you would

        • 0 avatar
          runs_on_h8raide

          Oh yes! The RWD game-changer! hehe.

          http://img2.sm360.ca/images/newcar/2014/honda/accord-coupe/ex-l-v6-navi/coupe/exteriorColors/8599_cc0640_001_GY.png

          I mean seriously though….so many similarities to the Accord coupe its hilarious…MB even aped the tailights it seems. I have to say this as well…the other day I saw on my way back from a ballgame, two AMGs…one was the S-class sedan, the other was the new C-class sedan….they were just a couple of cars away from each other and my gosh…I’m a car guy and I struggled to see any differences…they looked exactly the same, especially from behind…if I’m an S-class buyer, I’d be kind of pissed that someone can get something that looks pretty much exactly the same for half the cost. All of MB cars are just too similar looking. I think this design philosophy is going to backfire on them in their more expensive offerings.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I thought this too. The rear end is JUST like the Accord Coupe.

      Saw an AC yesterday in pearl white. I think Honda is now the premiere creator of pearl white paint. Audi and Cadillac lost their titles around 2005 and 2010, respectively.

  • avatar

    With the CLA, C-Coupe, C-Class, E-Coupe, E-class, S-class and S-coupe…Mercedes has redefined affordable luxury cars.

    …in ways no other manufacturer possibly could.

    BRAVO, BRAVISIMO…

    • 0 avatar
      ItsMeMartin

      BTSR, are you serious?

      You called the C-class and, even more importantly, the CLA a LUXURY car?
      You called the S-class an AFFORDABLE luxury car?

      I usually agree with much of what you say but that right there was some military grade bullshit.

      • 0 avatar

        The C-Class is a luxury car.

        The CLA isn’t an enthusiast car, but it’s a luxury car as in – many people CAN’T AFFORD IT.

        • 0 avatar
          ItsMeMartin

          It seems like my definition of luxury differs
          quite drastically from yours. I think you’re
          wrong in believing that the only factor that
          determines a car’s luxury is price (as you
          imply talking about the CLA) – after all, even
          fewer people can afford the Camaro Z28 than
          the CLA. But is the Z28 a luxury car? Hell,
          even a Ford Transit can be more expensive
          than a CLA. High price does not a luxury car
          make.
          And about the C-class, in my opinion it is too
          small, too mass-market focused (4-cylinder
          luxury? Gimme a break) and too compromised
          to be a luxury car (same applies to the CLA, by
          the way). It’s the middle manager’s car. It
          might be deemed “upmarket” but it will never
          be “luxury”. Its main distinguishing feature is
          its badge.
          Generally, I find that there is little that
          differentiates luxury or “premium” makes from
          the mainstream anymore. More often than not
          he supposed superiority of the premium makes
          is, in my opinion, nothing more than placebo
          (or Vorsprung durch Marketing, if you will).
          Out of all the cars that I have driven (mostly
          of premium makes) the absolute best ones
          were either Fords of Ford-derived Volvos. Well,
          I guess I’m just not a premium quality person.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Gorgeous – I even love the color.

  • avatar
    Trend-Shifter

    We should lose the 2 & 4 door coupe designations.
    Coupes should be 2 doors. The 4 door version should be called a 4 door fastback.

    Now what could be defined in Coupe world as either 2 or 4 should be roll down windows.

  • avatar
    abqhudson

    The B pillar makes it a no-go for me. How about a true hardtop coupe like the e.

  • avatar
    Mark

    Interesting. Mercedes-Benz does not currently offer the C class in any shade of red in the US. Also, the red car is badged as a C250d, which would indicate that it has the smaller diesel engine. Probably another option that will not make it here.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Looks good. MB is on a roll. Looking forward to see what they do with the E class coupe.

    This thing is big though. Might render the E coupe redundant, unless they make that way more beautiful.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I think it’s smaller than you’re thinking. Don’t forget the scale of the current C-coupe, which is much smaller than the E.

      Either way, I’d rather have a 4-Series than this. I hate the back.

  • avatar
    GiddyHitch

    The CLS is anything but an abomination, and has typically been the best design in the entire Mercedes lineup since its introduction. Mercedes reserves its abomination designs for the top and bottom ends of its model range – see SLR, CLA, SLS, GLA.

  • avatar
    stckshft

    I was really hoping they would roll out the C300 Brougham coupe edition.

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