The 2017 C-class coupe rollout begins next spring, with the rear-drive C300 and all-wheel-drive C300 4MATIC, which, like the C300/C300 4MATIC sedans, are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission is a seven-speed automatic, and Mercedes’ Dynamic Select adjustable-chassis system is standard fare. Also standard are 18-inch wheels, all-season tires, and a sport suspension that has the coupe riding 0.6-inch closer to the ground than the sedan. An optional Sport Appearance package brings Airmatic springs and 18-inch AMG-styled wheels, plus an AMG body kit, a more chrome-intensive grille, AMG pedals, and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
As we reported during our first ride in a C300 coupe prototype, the C300s will be joined within a few months of their launch by a C450 AMG coupe powered by a 362-hp twin-turbocharged V-6, as well as a fire-breathing Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 in 469-hp and 503-hp states of tune. We’ve also been told that the Mercedes-AMG versions will feature swollen fenders to make room for larger rolling stock.
The 2017 C-class coupe’s interior design is, not surprisingly, closely akin to that of its sedan sibling—no bad thing. Front passengers sit nearly an inch lower on standard sport seats, and all passengers have more head-, shoulder-, and elbow room than in the outgoing model. Alas, beauty often requires some sacrifice, and rear-seat legroom and trunk space are down despite the car being 3.7 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider than its predecessor. The interior is brightened by a standard panoramic sunroof.