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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Sporty C-Class Coupe continues to offer impressive performance and style

Athletic and sporty, the vivid, sensual design of the C-Class Coupe cuts a fine figure on the road and embodies modern luxury. At the same time, its interior raises elegance and style to a sporty level. Lightweight construction to reduce weight, excellent aerodynamics, and a dynamically configured chassis, wîth optional air suspension, form the basis for a high level of suspension comfort, low road noise and tire vibration, agile handling, and driving pleasure. Driver assistance systems provide safety of the very highest caliber. With its high-class appeal and generous interior, the C- Class Coupe sets new standards in its §egmènt.

As the sportiest variant of the C-Class, the Coupe displays its driving enjoyment- oriented character in an emotional and at the same time formally distinct design. A sportily striking front section featuring diamond radiator grille and long hood – the new generation Coupe is 2.4 inches (60 mm) longer than its predecessor. A high beltline and frameless doors wîth free-standing exterior mirrors underscore the sporty character. In contrast to the C-Class Sedan, the dropping line extends further past the rear wheel arch. To underscore the Coupe's sporty disposition, the suspension is 0.6 inches (15 mm) lower than that of the Sedan, making it a very sporty proposition when combined wîth the standard 18-inch wheels.

New for 2018

For 2018, a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission replaces the 7-speed automatic on the C300 and C300 4MATIC Coupe. The C-Class Coupe is also now standard equipped wîth a rearview camera, Blind Spot Assist, extendable sun visors and KEYLESS-GO and 18' 5-spoke split wheels. The Smartphone Integration package and heated §teering wheel are optionally available, as well as a new exterior paint: designo Selenite Grey Magno.

The Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe

Mercedes-AMG has added another model to its C-Class family: the C43 Coupe. For a dynamic driving experience, the Affalterbach-based development teams have put together a scintillating engineering package: the 362 hp AMG-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo engine is combined wîth an AMG-Enhanced 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission that provides rapid gearshifts. Together wîth the AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the model-specific chassis technology, this provides the optimum basis for high agility and exhilarating lateral dynamics. Thus the C43 Coupe also fulfills the brand promise of 'Driving Performance' in every respect.

The Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe

Mercedes-AMG is setting another milestone in the brand's history: the AMG C63 Coupe is the next step on the way to more technical and visual distinctiveness. The far-reaching technical modifications are evident at first sight: strikingly flared front and rear wheel arches, an increased track width and larger wheels give the C63 Coupe a muscular look while also providing a basis for highly agile longitudinal and lateral dynamics.

The brand's typical 'Driving Performance' is also taken to new heights wîth the C63 Coupe. The AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine, wîth 469 hp in standard trim or 503 hp in the C63 S, is a completely in-house development from Affalterbach. In addition, the sophisticated AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension wîth electronically controlled shock absorbers, the set-up of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, the rear-axle limited-slip differential and the dynamic engine mounts have all been developed by AMG.

Suspension – sportily agile and comfortable

The suspension offers a high level of comfort wîth low road noise and tire vibration while ensuring agile driving dynamics – the basis for driving enjoyment.

A 4-link front axle wîth wheel suspension decoupled from the spring strut plays a part in the agile handling characteristics. This enables sporty axle kinematics for plenty of grip and high lateral stability. As a result, the suspension responds more sensitively to §teering movements and allows a sporty, agile driving style. Multi-link independent rear suspension wîth 5 links ensures excellent wheel location qualities and supreme straight- line stability. A steel sport-tuned suspension wîth tauter springs and damping is standard, lowering the Coupe by 0.6 inches (15 mm) compared to the Sedan.

Air suspension

The C-Coupe comes wîth the option of AIRMATIC air suspension on the front and rear axle. Its electronically controlled, continuously adjustable damping on the front and rear axle ensures outstanding road noise and tire vibration characteristics in every situation and gives the driver the option of selecting the desired driving style: sporty, comfortable or consumption-optimized. To this end, the driver can select one of five driving modes using the DYNAMIC SELECT Switch: 'ECO', 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport +' and 'Individual.' AIRMATIC also features all-round self-levelling for excellent ride comfort even wîth the vehicle loaded.

Driver assistance systems to reduce stress

There are several safety and assistance systems based on the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive concept to choose from. ATTENTION ASSIST wîth adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness, is included as standard. Further standard equipment includes COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLÚS, which features an acoustic warning for the driver at speeds above 4 mph and Adaptive Brake Assist to help avoid collisions by boosting the braking effect in line wîth the current situation.

Driver assistance systems wîth substantially enhanced functions are optionally available, combining data from various sensor technologies such as radar sensors and a stereo camera as part of the Intelligent Drive concept to enhance comfort and safety, including DISTRONIC PLÚS wîth Steering Assist, BAS PLÚS Brake Assist System, Enhanced Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE PLÚS®. Additional optional assistance systems include Active Parking Assist and a 360° camera which shows the vehicle from a virtual bird's-eye view.

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Stylish C-Class Cabriolet Offers Entry Into the World of Drop-Top Mercedes-Benz Models

Atlanta. The new generation of the C-Class Cabriolet interprets modern luxury wîth a youthful touch. Featuring plenty of high-quality details, its distinctive character is most apparent when the top is down. The cabriolet comes standard wîth AIRSCARF neck-level heating and optionally available AIRCAP automatic draft stop system for exceptional comfort during open-top driving 365 days a year. Efficient, powerful engines and a suspension designed for dynamics (with optional AIRMATIC air suspension on the C300) ensure sportily agile handling. The 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission is standard for all engine variants.

As the entry-level model into the cabriolet world of Mercedes-Benz, the C300 Cabriolet, available in both rear-wheel-drive and 4MATIC drivetrains, is a consistent embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy: sensual purity as the definition of contemporary luxury. It exhibits an independence of character wîth a visibly sporty expression and youthfully fresh appeal.

New for 2018
For 2018, the C-Class Cabriolet is standard equipped wîth extendable sun visors, semi-automatic trunk separater and wood trim wîth an anlog clock, adding to the luxury and everyday practicality of the convertible. A Smartphone Integration Package and heated §teering wheel are optionally available, as well as a new exterior paint: designo Selenite Grey Magno (not available on C63 Cabrio).

Two AMG versions wîth distinct looks, performance

Just like the AMG C43 Coupe, the all-season Cabriolet features a combination of a 362 hp AMG-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo engine, fast-acting AMG-Enhanced 9G-

TRONIC automatic transmission and standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC all- wheel drive. The open-air enjoyment for four people is backed by the brand's hallmark Driving Performance thanks to discrete suspension wîth stiffer elastokinematics unique to AMG and three-stage adjustable damping.

The AMG C63 Cabriolet combines an intensive open-air ambience wîth the handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 engine to create an exhilarating performance experience. The biturbo engine developed in Affalterbach by AMG is available in two output ratings, wîth 469 hp or 503 hp. Flared wheel arches at the front and rear, the wide track and large wheels underscore powerful exterior looks. Agile longitudinal and lateral dynamics come courtesy of the sophisticated AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension wîth adaptive damping adjustment, rear-axle limited- slip differential and dynamic engine mounts (on the AMG C63 S).

Exterior and interior from the same mold

With the roof open, the meticulously coordinated harmony between exterior and interior design becomes apparent. High-grade details include chrome trim on the A-pillar and windscreen as well as a beltline molding, which extends as far as the soft-top compartment, which it borders wîth a broad chrome trim.

Premium-class fabric soft top

The fully automatic multi-layer fabric acoustic soft top comes standard in black and is additionally available in dark brown, dark blue and dark red. The multi-layer acoustic soft top noticeably improves speech intelligibility, including at high speeds, and provides better insulation from disruptive ambient noise. The acoustic soft top thus offers optimal climate comfort and quiet-running characteristics.

Based on the S-Class Cabriolet, the soft top also meets high quality standards in terms of durability and function. It can be opened and closed in less than 20 seconds up to a speed of 31 mph. After opening, it folds down quietly and carefully and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the trunk. In terms of its shape and color, the cover of the soft-top compartment is an integral part of the interior and is made of the same material as the beltline.

Interior – modernity and lifestyle

The occupants enjoy an ambience that, while based on the interior of the C-Class sedan, offers a fresh interpretation wîth iconic cabriolet features. Especially high-

grade materials and build quality give the interior a modern feel of sportiness. The equipment includes heat-reflecting leather in a total of five color shades (optional) as well as a curved switch in matte silver chrome in the center console for opening and closing the fully automatic cabriolet soft top. Based on the Coupe, the sport seats feature muscular side bolsters and organically integrated head restraints as well as standard AIRSCARF® neck-level heating. Automatic belt extenders equipped as standard help the occupants wîth buckling up.

The individual rear seats offer a through-loading feature and can be split 50:50 for everyday practicality and can be individually folded down.

AMG wîth special details

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 241 hp
Torque: 273 ft-lbs

Engine : 4.0 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 469 hp
Torque: 479 ft-lbs

9-speed Automatic, 7-speed Automatic, 9-speed Automatic
The interior of the Mercedes-AMG C43 and C63 Cabriolets reinforce the consistently dynamic bias of the performance brand wîth numerous specially designed details. Ideal for a committed driving style, the multifunction sport §teering wheel in black leather features a flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching.

Individual highlights

The Cabriolet already comes as standard wîth a high equipment specification, which is augmented by a wide range of individualization options. Some examples include 13 upholstery options, seven trim options (across C300 and AMG variants), four soft-top colors and twelve paint finishes – including a designo matte finish. The roof liner of the soft top is available in black, porcelain and crystal grey. Numerous trim elements in sporty aluminum, carbon fiber or silver fiber glass are complemented by authentic natural grain wood in shades of brown and black.

The AMG Line Package is available as an alternative to underline the dynamic characteristics of the Cabriolet. It differs by virtue of exterior features such as special bumpers and sills wîth AMG bodystyling, a diamond radiator grille wîth pins in chrome and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. In the interior, the Sport Package comes wîth sporty, exclusive highlights, including a multifunction sports §teering wheel wîth flattened bottom section as well as AMG sport pedals and an MB Tex dashboard. Mechanically, the AMG Line Package gains a sport suspension and larger machined front brakes wîth Mercedes-Benz branded calipers.

Open-air driving pleasure

Customers opting for a cabriolet like to drive wîth the top down as often as possible. As in the E- and S-Class Cabriolets, all occupants can enjoy maximum open-air comfort thanks to AIRCAP® and AIRSCARF®, which make the joys of open air driving pleasant even at low temperatures.

Inconspicuously integrated into the roof frame, the optional electric AIRCAP system was specially developed for Mercedes-Benz cabriolets and is coupled to an electric wind blocker behind the rear seats, which reduces the interior turbulence for the rear passengers at the press of a button. AIRCAP® is part of the Premium Packages. In combination wîth standard AIRSCARF®, these systems extend the open-top driving season to the entire year.

Alternatively, there is also a standard manual folding wind blocker behind the front seats.

Suspension: sportily agile and comfortable

The suspension offers a high level of comfort wîth low road roar and tire vibration characteristics while ensuring agile driving dynamics – the basis for driving enjoyment. The suspension on the Cabriolet, which is 0.6-inches lower in comparison wîth the sedan, comes as standard wîth steel springs wîth a selective damping system. The sport suspension, included wîth the Sport Package on the C300 RWD and 4MATIC, has firmer springing and damping, including the Sport Direct-Steer system, making for even more agile handling.

Equipped as standard wîth the AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension wîth adaptive three-stage adjustable damping, the Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet has all the right ingredients to deliver outstanding driving dynamics and exceptionally high comfort on long journeys. The front axle has been provided wîth stiffer §teering knuckles, improved elastokinematics and increased negative camber. In combination wîth the likewise newly developed wishbone guide bearings, this design results in significantly more agile cornering plus more precise and direct suspension feedback from the road. The driver can select the automatic adjustable damping system's three suspension modes 'Comfort,' 'Sport' and 'Sport Plus' using a button on the center console to fully customize the driving impression.

Riding on air

The C300 Cabriolet is optionally available wîth AIRMATIC air suspension, which is unique in the C-Class §egmènt. Its electronically controlled, continuously adjustable damping on the front and rear axles ensures low road roar and tire vibration characteristics in every situation.

DYNAMIC SELECT – standard on all C-Class Cabrios – allows the driver to choose their desired setting: sporty, comfortable or fuel-efficient. To this end, the driver can select one of five transmission modes using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch: 'ECO,' 'Comfort,' 'Sport,' 'Sport Plus' and 'Individual.' Selecting 'Individual' allows the driver to customize the vehicle settings to suit their personal preferences.

Dynamic: 4 and 6-cylinder engines and, for the first time, 4MATIC

Powerful and efficient gasoline engines wîth ECO Start/Stop function and an extensive 4MATIC range make for sporty performance and driving pleasure all year round. The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is standard on all engine variants.

Light and safe bodyshell

In a cabriolet, the lack of a roof often results in reduced body stiffness. This fact was taken into consideration by the designers in developing the C-Class sedan. (concept carz) This allowed them to adapt the bodyshell at the front end and on the floor to meet the particular needs of the Cabriolet. Consequently this model features an exemplary stiff design of the kind required for high driving dynamics.

The Coupe's intelligent lightweight construction wîth a high proportion of aluminum was retained, including the fenders, hood and trunk lid.

Safe semi-autonomous driving to reduce stress

There are many safety and assistance systems based on the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive concept to choose from. ATTENTION ASSIST wîth adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness, is included as standard. Further standard equipment includes COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLÚS. In addition to a visual proximity warning and an additional audible collision warning, it includes Adaptive Brake Assist, which can help prevent collisions by boosting the brake pressure to suit the situation. When a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 122 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions wîth slower or stationary vehicles or, in the best-case scenario, even avoiding a collision altogether. At speeds of up to 31 mph, the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles and is thus able to help prevent rear-end collisions at up to 25 mph.

The multiplicity of assistance systems also includes a Parking Assist for semi- automated parking; a 360° camera for assistance during parking and maneuvering and Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, which allows continuous high beam by selectively blanking out other vehicles from the high-beam light cone.

Sensitive climate control for open-air driving

Specially developed for cabriolets, the climate control system responds to whether the vehicle is being driven wîth the roof up or down. With the roof closed, the system performs in the same way as in the Coupe. With the soft top down, the climate control system adapts by blowing warmer air onto the driver's hands on the §teering wheel and deactivating the air recirculation function. The special adjustments for open-top driving make allowance for whether cooling or heating is required and respond sensitively to the transition zones in between.

Source - Mercedes-Benz
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