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Mercedes-Benz previews sporty 2017 C-class coupe (pictures)

Ahead of its Frankfurt auto show debut, Mercedes-Benz releases photos and details of its 2017 C-class coupe, to be sold as the C300 in the US.

Wayne Cunningham
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
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Mercedes-Benz previewed the coupe version of its latest C-class model ahead of its unveiling during September's Frankfurt auto show.

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Mercedes-Benz notes that the C-class coupe, which will be sold as the C300 in the US, sits half an inch lower than its sedan model-mate, emphasizing its sport-oriented character.

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The C-class coupe will be available with an air suspensions, along with much of the tech available on Mercedes-Benz's larger models.

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The C300 version sold in the US will only come with one engine type, a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder making 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

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Mercedes-Benz manages to scale the kind of opulent luxury found in its S-class down to the smaller C-class. Driver assistance options  include adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, which can almost drive the car in slow traffic.

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The new C-class coupe uses Mercedes-Benz's latest Comand infotainment interface, with a touchpad supporting alphanumeric input and gestures above a more traditional jog dial.

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Molded sport seats fit the character of the C-class coupe.

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Rear seats are clearly divided, making the car a four-seater.

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The pin cushion grille echoes the design of the smaller CLA model. The embedded, rather than standing, front badge is another styling cue for Mercedes-Benz's sport-oriented cars.

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The C-class coupe's cab appears to sit further back, allowing a longer nose similar to that of gran turismo cars.

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The rear trunk lip echoes some of the design of Infiniti's previous G37 models.

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