2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet: Real, Actual Two-doors Gain Power and Content

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class line maintains a steady stream of customers by being attainably aspirational. A dignified, confident car, the C-Class doesn’t feel the need to be something it’s not. Watch a realtor pull up in one, and a feeling of quiet assurance falls over the would-be home buyer — certainly, not the same feeling you’d get after seeing them pull up in a CLA.

In a bid to maintain this respectful relationship, Mercedes-Benz has a host of changes in store for the refreshed 2019 C-Class sedan. These niceties are now bound for the coupe and convertible variants, too.

Isn’t it nice to talk about an honest-to-goodness sedan, coupe, and convertible, each carrying the same model name?

Not wanting to mess with a good thing, exterior changes are subtle for 2019, echoing alterations made to the sedan. The front fascia grows more aggressive, adopting larger side intakes, while a “diamond” grille keeps the shiny bits well behind the prominent three-pointed star. LED headlamps come standard, though buyers can spring for M-B’s Intelligent Light System if they feel the need for extra-wide high beams.

Out back, it’s the same story: a reworked lower fascia and LED taillights. Evolutionary, but just enough to keep the model fresh.

Like the sedan, the C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet see power gains across the board. C300 models now make 255 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, up 14 hp from previous versions. It’s a top-end power gain, as torque stays put at 273 lb-ft. Supposedly, this engine now ekes out greater fuel economy, but we’ll have to wait and see what the EPA says about it.

For those choosing the hopped-up C43 model, Mercedes-AMG saw fit to give the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 a power boost of its own. Output now stands at 385 hp, 23 hp more than before, though toque holds firm at 384 lb-ft. New light-alloy wheels and front air curtains aim to make the C43 slipperier than its predecessor, while a new, all-black AMG Night Package aims to make it stealthier, too.

Vanilla C-Class models make do with a nine-speed automatic; AMG buyers gain a faster-shifting unit with the same number of cogs. The 4Matic all-wheel-drive system that’s standard on the C43 remains optional for C300 customers.

While changes to the two-door C-Class line appear subtle on the exterior, expect an obvious upgrade in the cabin. Hoping to lure Millennials while keeping returning buyers in its fold, M-B is going all-in on tech and touch. Upgraded leathers and woods mingle with new features like touch-sensitive steering wheel controls, a 10.25-inch multimedia screen poised above the center stack, and an optional fully digital instrument display. Voice controls now cover things like the seat warmer, and a broader range of driver-assist features are available to keep the C-Class out of the rhubarb. Active Brake Assist comes standard on all models, as does Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Yes, these C-Class models can cautiously drive themselves under certain conditions (think: on the highway). Besides assistance from improved camera and radar systems, the vehicle borrow info from the vehicle’s navigation system to help predict the road ahead.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t released pricing just yet, but expect mild inflation to cover the cost of the added equipment. The 2019 C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet debut later this month at the New York International Auto Show before rolling into dealers in late 2018.

[Images: Daimler AG]

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  • Seth1065 Seth1065 on Mar 21, 2018

    Now MB bring the damm C class wagon to the US, you let Canada have it why not the US. These cars look nice inside but please MB ditch the add on iPad it ruins the interior of these cars.

    • Krhodes1 Krhodes1 on Mar 22, 2018

      Agreed -the C-class wagon is a looker. I swear MB and BMW have some sort of gentleman's agreement - MB doesn't bring over the C-class wagon but gets to sell the E-class, while BMW doesn't bring over the 5-ver wagon but sells the 3-series. So they don't compete head to head in this small space. The ergonomics in general are a hot mess in these cars though. That terrible shifter, the control knob for the infotainment, the stupid roller volume control. Ugh. Just spent three days in a C300. But I agree, the iPad stuck to the dash looks simply awful. BMW does this all so much better. Audi is about the same as MB.

  • Sigivald Sigivald on Mar 21, 2018

    "Everybody knows coupes have four doors and a swooping-down greenhouse, brah!" (Me, I think even this coupe has too little rear headroom, from the looks of it ... and I'd prefer it as a shooting brake. As seth said, import the wagon, fer God's sake - it's not like nobody buys them in the segment. Volvo sells 'em, BMW sells 'em, and you might even capture a few Subaru people looking to move upmarket.)

    • Vulpine Vulpine on Mar 21, 2018

      To me, no rear headroom is an advantage. Yet another way to discourage moochers trying to bum a free ride.

  • RICK Lou, not sure about panthers and Cougars , BUT at 76,I now consider myself a vintage Rolls Canardly. I roll down one hill and Canardly get up the next! Wishing you a Very Happy, Merry HanaKwanzaMas. 🎅🎄
  • Lou_BC The dealbreaker for me is the $80k starting price in Canada.
  • Zipper69 The Grenadier was designed ground up to be a "better Land Rover" and by most press accounts comes close.What little we know about the Quartermaster it's clear that it's intended for serious off road work without additional aftermarket fettling needed.The price is clearly a barrier, but IF it's the real deal, it will have a slot in the market.
  • Michael Charging more for less. Hmmmm
  • FreedMike Meanwhile, over at Nissan, you can get a perfectly nice, well equipped Frontier four-door that has a V-6, 4wd, and is capable of all the "truck stuff" you could ever want for $36,000. And unlike the "pay over sticker or go f**k yourself" nonsense you get at the Toyota place, the Nissan store will probably happily make you a nice deal.