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Meet the Lighter, Leaner and Slightly Sexier 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class

Meet the latest Mercedes. The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe is perhaps the most athletic and accessible model of the brand’s entry-level line. Its designed to reflect the recent trends in luxury design, where vehicles are becoming lighter, longer and leaner to provide plenty of performance without much waste. It’s nearly 2020, and the luxury vehicles of the future are going to be both fast and efficient, luxurious and economical. The 2017 C Class Coupe is a glimpse into that future from Mercedes-Benz.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe presents subtle progress in style over its predecessor. The accented shoulder line, the diamond grille, the LED hybrid headlights — it’s a step forward for the C Class, and in terms of visual dynamics, it’s a challenge to the S Class as well. In total, it’s what a driver would expect from a Mercedes. It’s sporty, stylish and commanding on the road.

Under the hood, the C Class Coupe features a 241-horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Given Mercedes’ efforts to streamline the vehicle’s weight and aerodynamic profiles, that engine provides plenty of firepower. It’s a market standard for luxury vehicles in this segment, where engines are getting smaller and more efficient, but still producing high performance output.

All of the above? Subtle milestones without a lot of excitement. It’s typical for a luxury release of this line — it’s better than what came before it, but Mercedes has no reason to reinvent the wheel. There is one set of features that isn’t being talked up elsewhere, and that’s the automated driving functionality of the new C Class. Sure, this coupe isn’t going to drive itself, but it does have an array of sensors and cameras built in for some rudimentary automation. If you’re driving the C Class Coupe and you approach a vehicle in the lane ahead of you, the car can automatically adjust cruise control to maintain a safe distance. It’ll help keep you between lane markers while you’re driving. It’ll provide an audio alert when a collision could be imminent, and it’ll do the same if it believes the driver may be nodding off. None of these automated functions are re-inventing the wheel either, but they’re a signal toward what could come in future Mercedes releases — or even just a software update.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class will arrive in US dealerships in the Spring of 2016, but it’ll be shown off in the flesh at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Stay tuned… [mercedes]

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