The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and S-Class Coupe were already spotted on the dry, paved roads of Europe, but, before winter ends, Mercedes’ engineers took the two cars north to do some cold-weather testing.
The S-Class Coupe looks just as imposing as ever, with its blunt front end—it appears the CLA-Class was just the beginning for Merc’s front-end design language, and the SLS AMG’s one-bar grille is here to stay. The beltline is especially high, and you can barely make out a curving character line that runs down the side, eventually hitting the line at the top of the bulged rear quarter panel. Out back the trunklid forms a neat, subtle lip spoiler, beneath which Mercedes mounts a short stack of taillights. In profile, the car maintains the arcing window line and B-pillar-free design.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is expected to feature similar engines to the S-Class sedan, which probably means a continuation of the 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8, 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8, and 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12. No word on if the current CL600’s 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12 will continue.
As for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, it’ll follow the CLA with an upright front end, but it’ll still strike a conservative tone in comparison to the flashy compact four-door coupe. To that end, the C-Class has a two-bar grille, and a gently sloping beltline (which looks similar to the current generation) and geometric, angled rear taillights. The entry-level sport sedan will probably offer the same powertrains as before—a 1.8-liter turbocharged four cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6, and 6.2-liter V-8—with perhaps the addition of the GLK250’s 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel, making 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. There’s also talk of a plug-in hybrid. Expect the C-Class to grow a little bit, as well, to help make room for the CLA in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
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