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Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe to get smaller interior, sportier styling

Rear-seat passengers will be a bit more cramped, thanks to a streamlined roofline.

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly sacrificing interior space for the next-generation C-Class Coupe.

Front passengers may not notice much of a change, but the company's C-Class chief engineer, Christian Frueh, suggests the rear seating area has been downsized to accommodate a streamlined roofline, according to quotes published by Automotive News.

The sportier profile drops both front and rear seats by approximately an inch, while the rear seats have been pushed forward. The roofline is said to have fallen by 1.6 inches from the current generation.

A lower center of gravity, steering improvements and suspension refinements are expected to contribute to better handling overall, giving the coupe an edge against its predecessor and the C-Class sedan. The C250 will be replaced by the more powerful C300, outfitted with a 2.0-liter engine with 241 horsepower -- up from the current edition's 201-horsepower rating. Succeeding the C350 Coupe, the C400 Coupe brings 329 horsepower from a 3.0-liter V6. The same engine has been retuned for 362 ponies in the C450 AMG Coupe.

Mercedes-AMG has given the C63 Coupe an even more aggressive wide-body look, distinguished by new side panels and other enhancements. The basic C63 Coupe promises to deliver 469 horsepower, while the range-topping S trim bumps output up to 503 ponies.

The company is expected to formally introduce the new C-Class coupe in Frankfurt, before shipping production units to the US market by next spring.

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