The all new Mercedes C-Class Coupe

The new C-Class family will soon be joined by a Coupé, Mercedes has revealed. It is expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will go on sale towards the end of 2015.

The C-Class Coupé is the third car in the new range and will rival the BMW 4 Series, with a Cabriolet expected in 2016. As the sportiest model, it has been given an extra 95mm of length over its predecessor and is 40mm wider.

A sloping roofline, 15mm lower ride height, 80mm longer wheelbase and a more aggressive backend similar to the S-Class complete the exterior changes.

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Inside, the C-Class Coupé borrows from the Saloon so it should be instantly familiar to existing owners, but has been slightly enhanced. Unique sport seats, a seat belt ‘butler’ and special colour combinations continue the sportier theme.

Initially there will be four petrol engines available, including a 1.6-litre four-cylinder with 156hp and a two-litre with either 211hp or 245hp, depending on whether you go for the C 250 or C 300 model. Two four-cylinder diesels, meanwhile, offer 170hp and 204hp.

Suspension duties are taken care of by steel springs with two-mode adaptive damping. The option of a five-stage Dynamic Select Airmatic air suspension system that allows the driver to swap between Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual modes, each with their own characteristics, is available.

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Safety systems fitted as standard include Attention Assist, which warns you if you are drowsy, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which warns you of an obstacle beyond 7km/h and Adaptive Brake Assist, which enhances the braking effect.

Distronic Plus, meanwhile, is an optional extra that can adjust the speed to match the car in front from 0-200km/h, while steering intervention keeps you in the correct lane. There’s also Active Parking Assist for helping you slot into parallel and end-on spaces and a 360-degree camera for helping you maneuver in tight spots.

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Merc’s Comand Online offers a larger display of 960×540 pixels and infotainment functionality such as Bluetooth connectivity, access to Mercedes apps, integrated WiFi hotspot and a voice control system for keeping your hands on the wheel. Apple CarPlay, which debuts in the new A-Class, appears to be missing.

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No doubt AMG will be bringing a thunderous C63 version in the future, which will offer greatly enhanced performance over the initial petrol and diesel engines.

A price for the new C-Class Coupé is yet to be announced. Expect to hear more at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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