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2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe packs style, comfort and performance (pictures)

Mercedes continues to expand its C-Class lineup with the addition of the stylish coupe model, which the company refers to as the emotional side of the C family. A standard sport suspension sharpens handling compared with its four-door counterpart, but ride quality remains nicely compliant even on optional 19-inch wheels.

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By the end of May, the BMW 4 Series and the Lexus RC will have fresh competition from the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.

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When it arrives in dealers in May, the C300 will be available with rear-wheel drive or 4Matic all-wheel drive.

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Compared with the previous generation C-Class, the new model is 3.7 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider to help provide a more spacious cabin.

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Standard features on the C-Class coupe include LED headlights, Pre-Safe Keyless Start and a panorama sunroof.

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At launch, the C-Class Coupe will only be available as the C300 with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

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An optional Airmatic suspension system is available that's capable of delivering a cushy ride in comfort mode, and then tightening up in Sport and Sport+ modes for better handling dynamics.

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Adaptive brake assist is available as an option that audibly warns the driver at speeds above 4 mph of potential collisions. It's also capable of autonomous braking at speeds of up to 124 mph to help reduce the severity of a collision or possibly help to avoid one entirely.

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Distronic Plus with Steering Assist offers adaptive cruise control capabilities with a speed range from 0 to 124 mph. Steering Assist also works between 0 and 124 mph to help keep the car in its lane.

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Mercedes says the C300 Coupe can hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

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Unfortunately, the C300 Coupe's infotainment system is not Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible. A Mercedes spokesman said that those features are on the wish list, but couldn't give any further details on when or if they will arrive for the C-Class family.

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