New Mercedes C-Class cabriolet and sport coupe planned

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class line-up will grow to incorporate models with no direct predecessor, based on Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche. Among this tipped to participate the road-up really are a cabriolet version along with a sport coupé to rival the BMW 3 Series GT.

“We increased the A-Class family from two models before to 5 now, and you will see additional products without predecessors within the C-Class line-up,” Zetsche revealed in the Detroit motor show.

The C-Class may be the first Mercedes to become spun from the firm’s modular new rear-drive MRA platform, an architecture that enables greater freedom of body styles.

Revealed: The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet is unveiled in the 2016 Geneva Motorshow

“You have freedom within the platform with proportions and dimensions,” design chief Gorden Wagener told Autocar, “so you may create some pretty diverse cars from that.”

Wagener particularly flagged in the C-Class Coupé because the “coolest” model within the new line-up. “You’ll say wow, and like it,Inches stated Wagener.

Designing the very first model from the platform would be a particular challenge, based on Wagener, as you’re “not just defining a vehicle, but 10, 15, 20 other cars – which means you can’t mess it up”.

“A three-box saloon can also be the most difficult type of all to create,Inches he added. “A sports vehicle is challenging wrong, but you need to focus on proportions a great deal with saloons.”

Common design traits from the C-Class family would be the lengthy-bonnet, cab backwards profile to stress it as being rear-wheel drive, along with the shedding line in the bonnet to assist lengthen the bonnet making the car’s weight sit within the rear wheels.

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