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Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/15/2015 Alex Nishimoto

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan drew inspiration from its S-Class big brother, and predictably the C-Class coupe takes after the sleek two-door S-Class. It's a look that has proven successful on Mercedes' big coupe, but how well does it translate to the smaller C-Class?

The C-Class Coupe adopts the diamond-pattern grille mesh of the S-Class and other current Mercedes models, and gets headlights similar to the C-Class sedan. But the biggest change you'll notice is the more radically raked roofline. From the B-pillar back, the C-Class coupe is noticeably swoopier than its predecessor, with the old model appearing to have a taller greenhouse. The 2016 C-Class Coupe is also 3.7 inches longer than the model it replaces, riding on a 3.1-inch longer wheelbase. In addition, it's wider by 1.6 inches, which Mercedes says should result in improved shoulder room. Because the seating position has been lowered, headroom shouldn't suffer too much despite the chopped roofline.

2017 Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe MT© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe MT

In back, the resemblance to the S-Class coupe continues with horizontal taillights and a subtle ducktail spoiler molded into the trunk lid. The C300 coupe features vents in the rear bumper and a dual exhaust with angular tips mounted flush in the lower valance. A character line that starts on the front fender and spans the door terminates just before the corner of the taillight.

Inside, the C-Class coupe doesn't stray too far from its sedan counterpart, but picks up a few S-Class design cues. The car gets the iPad-like floating COMAND screen we've become accustomed to, which replaces the dash-mounted inset display on the old model. The portion of the door panel that houses the seat controls and tweeter speaker is finished in a metallic silver, which gives the cabin a modern, upscale feel. Three round HVAC vents replace the old model's two rectangular ones in the center stack.

We think the C-Class coupe has matured nicely in its second generation, but what are your thoughts? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Last week, we asked you about another Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the refreshed, M-Class-replacing GLE. Reactions were lukewarm, with many lambasting Mercedes' decision to only subtly update the aging SUV.

"I have mixed feelings," said Landaulet. "I think while the exterior was a good freshening, they could have done better with the interior. I have an ML550 and there are cheap interior materials that seem to be carrying over to the GLE."

Midosan shared that sentiment, saying, "Revolting. I know MB can do better than this and for 50K should do better."

james4ands disagreed, saying, "It looks fantastic. Especially the front grille looks really nice."


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