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Mercedes unveils refreshed C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet

Mercedes has revealed an updated version of its two-door C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet variants in-line with the saloon and estate models, which were unveiled earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show.

Mild-hybrid four-cylinder diesel engines join the line-up with the setup initially used on just the C 200 models that use a 1.5-litre engine. A 2.0-litre petrol variant using the on-board electric charger will also join the range. The electrical assistance – named EQ boost – can provide 14bhp extra under acceleration.

The powerful Mercedes-AMG C 43 also now produces 23bhp more than before, bringing the total to 385bhp – allowing for 0-60mph times of 4.7 seconds and 4.8 seconds on the Coupe and Cabriolet respectively.

The interior has also been refreshed to be in-line with the rest of the Mercedes range. As standard it comes with a 12.3-inch digital cockpit and a larger 10.25-inch infotainment display. Elsewhere, there is a new multi-function steering wheel with new touch-sensitive controls.

On the exterior, you really have to look closely to notice the differences over the last model. You do have the choice of new alloy wheels and new colours, as well as a lightly revised front and rear end. As standard, it now comes with LED headlights, with multi-beam LED headlights an optional extra.

Safety assistance systems have also been ramped up on the new C-Class models, similar to those used on the range-topping S-Class. Semi-autonomous driving modes feature, as well as lane change assist, steering assist and emergency stop assist. Autonomous emergency braking is also now fitted as standard.

Another highlight is a clever feature that allows the car to sense if it has been hit, even when parked. You will automatically receive a text message if the car is involved in an impact if parked, or if it is being towed away, thanks to an advanced anti-theft system.

The Mercedes C-Class was the firm’s best-selling car in the UK last year, and the ninth best-selling car overall – although this is largely down to the variety of body types available.

While UK prices and specifications are yet to be announced, deliveries will officially begin in July.

Ted Welford

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March 22, 2018

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