Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (C205)

The first-ever Mercedes C-Class Coupe was introduced on the previous W204 model as the replacement to the ailing CLC-Class and now it's happy to be returned in the lineup, this time it's based on the latest W205 C-Class. So, what's it all about?

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

When the first C-Class Coupe was introduced, it became known as the sportiest member of the C-Class range, which consists of the sedan and estate. Made to target against the likes of BMW's 4-Series and Cadillac's ATS Coupe, the new C-Class Coupe blends style with technology and performance in one pristine package fit for the bachelors and the bachelorettes alike.

In terms of styling, the coupe version looks almost identical to the four-door equivalent but like we learned from the S-Class Coupe, the new C-Class Coupe features a much different rear end easy enough to distinguish it when parked alongside it. On the inside, it looks very similar to the latest C-Class and above all else, it's surprisingly high-tech to be toyed around by the driver when he or she's not driving in it.

The coupe version offers the same choice of engine types as its four-door and estate equivalents, most are mated with either a 6-speed manual or a 7G-TRONIC PLUS gearbox. The most economical version is the C220 d, which is powered by a 2.1L turbodiesel engine that has CO2 emissions of 106g/km and combined fuel consumption of 4.1l/100km. The most powerful version is the C 300, which is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 245PS of power and 370Nm of torque. It does 0-100kph in six seconds and onwards to an electronically limited 250kph.

And like the saloon and the estate, the new C-Class Coupe comes fully prepared with an innovative multi-link suspension and aluminium bodywork for lightness and rigidity. Yep, this two door saloon feels sporty enough to drive but for some added exciteness, perhaps it needed some more because it feels as civilized as what luxury cars do on the streets and on the open road. Either way, the two-door C-Class is as enjoyable as a librarian in a competition swimwear swimming on the weekends.

Of course, you can expect some safety tech implemented on the new C-Class Coupe especially those driver-assist system which tells the driver what should do while driving. It detects drowsiness, it automatically halts when it sense pre-collision scenarios, lane departure warning, automatic parking, so on, so forth. With all that science donned in the new C-Class Coupe, there's no telling how many surprises will shock the drivers in fruition.

Price? The new C-Class Coupe starts at 35,581 Euros, which sounds very costly to own for a luxury car, but it's surprisingly less expensive than the BMW 4-Series.

Photo: Daimler AG

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