Report: 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Sacrifices Space for Sport

Tighter styling will also mean a tighter rear seat.

We could tell from earlier spy shots that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe was adopting sportier styling compared to the elegant sedan version, but we’re just now learning how significant those changes are. A report from Automotive News suggests that Mercedes-Benz is willing to sacrifice a fair amount of space and utility to give the 2016 C-Class Coupe the sleeker and more aggressive look it needs.

According to the report, visual changes to the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe will cut into rear seat room and trunk volume, while the roofline will be lowered 1.6 inches to accommodate the car’s sloping shape. Mercedes marketing vice president Drew Slaven promised us last year that the coupe is “beautiful” and distinctively different than the standard C-Class. From what we can see, the baby-S-Class looks should make the C-Class coupe a serious head-turner.

Matching this sportier shape are some concrete mechanical changes that will further differentiate the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe from its luxury- and comfort-oriented sedan sibling. Vehicle line chief Christian Frueh tells Automotive News that the coupe has a lower center of gravity with a driving position nearly an inch lower than in the sedan, and Mercedes engineers retuned the suspension and steering for better performance.

We’ll see even more dramatic changes with the 2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe. Along with the wider body and track, longer front end, and structural reinforcements, the C63 Coupe will adopt unique side panels. Under the hood will be the same 4.0-liter V-8 engine good for 469 hp in the standard C63 and 503 hp in the bonkers C63 S.

The same range of turbocharged engines seen in the C-Class sedan should be available on the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. That means a 241-hp C300 with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, two versions of Benz’s 3.0-liter V-6 making 329 hp in the turbocharged C400, and 362 hp in the C450 AMG. We have heard that Mercedes may be phasing out the C400 from the C-Class lineup though, so it’s possible the sport-focused C-Class Coupe may stick to only the performance-oriented C450 AMG.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe will bow at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show in September, followed by the announcement of a soft-top convertible variant.

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