Automotive News Europe
July 22, 2015 06:01 CET
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mercedes-Benz will trade practical benefits for more sporty exterior styling on the redesigned C-class coupe.
Reduced rear seat room and less trunk space are the price Mercedes will pay for a sleeker roofline, vehicle line chief Christian Frueh said during a prototype drive here earlier this month.
Gorden Wagener, Mercedes' chief designer, says he fought hard for the shape of the C-class derivative. The fresh design approach required the rear seats to be pushed forward and the roofline lowered by 1.6 inches (41mm) compared with the current model.
Frueh's team has seized the opportunity to create a more sporty vehicle. The passengers sit lower and the center of gravity has been lowered accordingly. With sharper steering and a retuned suspension, the C-class coupe will out-do its four-door sibling on the track.
The C-class coupe will go on sale in Europe in December and in the U.S. in spring. The car will debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September
The wide-body AMG C63 Coupe version will have unique side panels, giving it a different look from the standard coupe. Mercedes-AMG will offer two top-of-the-line wide-body models: the 469-hp C63 Coupe and the 503-hp C63 S Coupe. The subbrand will launch a fabric-top convertible next year.
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