The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class bridges a pretty wide gap between entry luxury and compact performance, and with the new C Class Coupe range that the automaker introduced last year, as well as updated versions of the C Class sedans, it's up to that task in appearance, inside and out.
Both models share a dramatic front end, combining sharp angles with graceful curves and high-tech elements like LED daytime running lights. Inside, purposeful ergonomics meld with modern Mercedes styling in varying degrees of sport and luxury, depending on the trim line and body style.
With last year's refresh, the C Class got a more prominent grille to match other new Mercedes models, but the overall design has been carried forward, with a smooth, gently arcing roofline paired with smooth side sheetmetal and crisp front and rear details. Sculpted strakes in the hood, and especially along the side, add expressiveness and more 'action' to the design.
The Coupe draws on its four-door sibling's cues to deliver a car that's unmistakably a Mercedes-Benz, but at the same time, it's a bit sportier and sexier than the sedan in its proportions.
There's more race-inspired detail in the Coupe, too. While sedans edge toward the luxurious end in most of their guises, Coupe's get revised trim and a different steering wheel, with refined materials and premium finishes at the forefront in either model--though buyers can configure a very sporty-looking sedan as well.
At the zenith of the C Class range, the C 63 AMG Coupe is much more aggressive and dramatic inside and out, with wider fender arches, AMG badges and unique interior elements. And if the raspy sounds of the 6.2-liter V-8 engine weren't enough, twin chrome tailpipes signal this model from the rear.