Mercedes‘ new C-Class small exec is about to get that bit more desirable, if these spy shots of the forthcoming coupe are anything to go by. It’s seen being put through its paces on an undisclosed proving ground with less disguise than ever before.
Expected to go on sale towards the end of 2015 and debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show shortly beforehand, this disguised prototype shows the two-door’s new S-Class Coupe inspired rear-end and sleek profile.
The Stuttgart-based firm’s answer to BMW’s 4-Series, this coupe is the next model in the range after last year’s new C-Class saloon and estate. The Coupe is expected to be followed in 2016 by a similarly-styled cabriolet we spied previously. The engine range will be carried over, with a choice of turbocharged petrols and diesel engines and possibly the Mercedes BlueTEC hybrid powertrain.
The front end of the Coupe will be familiar to existing new C-Class owners, but the bonnet appears slightly elongated and the lights have been stretched back. From the windscreen line rearward everything changes, with a steeply raked screen giving way to a lower, sloping roofline. At the rear, although the car is in heavy camouflage, you can see the S-Class Coupe influence on the shape.
This disguised car isn’t a world away from our exclusive renderings inspired by insider info. Yet this prototype appears to have a sharp rear wing that may indicate a sportier model/powertrain. The AMG-Sport and full-fat Mercedes-AMG performance models are expected later, with the latter carrying over the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from the C63 saloon.
A shot of the C-Class Coupe’s cabin shows the majority of the saloon’s switchgear has carried over, including the seven-inch tablet-style central infotainment screen. That lower roofline may impede on headroom slightly, but we still expect the coupe to be a proper four-seater like its rivals.
And the big question is, would you pick a Mercedes C-Class Coupe over a BMW 4 Series? Let us know what you think below…