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New Mercedes C-Class Coupe to Lose Interior Space, Gain Sleeker Roof

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/22/2015 Kelly Pleskot

We spotted a prototype Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe earlier this year sporting a much sleeker body than its predecessor. But those aesthetic benefits will come at the cost of less trunk space and rear passenger space, according to a new report.

Citing C-Class chief Christian Frueh, Automotive News reports that the car's new design will force the rear seats to be pushed forward. Thanks to the car's new low center of gravity, passengers will sit almost an inch lower than in the current model. Headroom may be at a premium, now that the roofline has been lowered by 1.6 inches.

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As we've seen from earlier prototypes, the new C-Class is destined for a wider and lower body as well as updated taillights and a smaller rear end. The high-performance Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, which has been teased relentlessly in the past few weeks, will receive unique side panels that distinguish it from other C-Class coupes.

But Mercedes says the improvements aren't just skin deep. With sharper steering and a revised suspension, the C-Class coupe should out-do its sedan counterpart on the track. The car debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and should arrive in U.S. dealerships next spring.

New Mercedes C-Class Coupe to Lose Interior Space, Gain Sleeker Roof

The base C300 Coupe, which will start at just under $40,000, will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 241 hp. An upgraded 3.0-liter V-6 engine will provide 329 hp on the C400 Coupe and 362 hp on the C450 AMG Coupe. Meanwhile, Mercedes-AMG will offer 469 hp on the standard C63 Coupe and 503 hp on the C63 S.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)


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