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

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
2019 mercedes benz c class coupe and cabriolet real actual two doors gain power and

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.

  • EBFlex Recall number 13 for the 2020 Explorer and the 2020 MKExplorer.
  • CEastwood Every time something like this is mentioned it almost never happens because the auto maker is afraid of it taking sales away from an existing model - the Tacoma in this instance . It's why VW never brought the Scirrocco and Polo stateside fearful of losing Golf sales .
  • Bca65698966 V6 Accord owner here. The VTEC crossover is definitely a thing, especially after I got a performance tune for the car. The loss of VTEC will probably result in a slower vehicle overall for one reason: power under the curve. While the peak horsepower may remain the same, the amount of horsepower and torque up to that peak may be less overall. The beauty of variable cam lift is not only the ability to gain more power at upper rpm’s on the “big cam”, but the ability to gain torque down low on the “small cam”. Low rpm torque gets the vehicle moving and then big horsepower at upper rpm’s gains speed. Having only one cam profile is now introducing a compromise versus the VTEC setup. I guess it’s possible that with direct injection they are able to keep the low rpm torque there (I’ve read that DI helps with low rpm torque) but I’m skeptical it will match a well tuned variable lift setup.
  • FreedMike My prediction: the Audi team fails when the water pumps in their race cars give out after lap 20.
  • FreedMike "...they’re often helpful in seeing behind vehicles without much reward visibility ..."Might want to fix that typo...
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