Mercedes has revealed its updated C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models ahead of their launch in July.
Although little has changed in terms of design, both cars boast fresh diesel engines and new on-board technology.
The biggest changes are under the bonnet, where Mercedes is improving the efficiency of its four-cylinder petrol engines with mild hybrid technology. Powering the entry-level C 200 will be a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a 48V hybrid system that offers an extra 14bhp to help the engine out before the turbo comes on song. The hybrid system also allows the 181bhp engine to be cut off when the car is decelerating, saving fuel.
The most efficient variant, however, is likely to be the new 220 d diesel engine. Carried over from the E-Class, the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit replaces the 2.1-litre engines used in the last-generation C-Class.
In light of the public focus on emissions, Mercedes will also fit particulate filters to its petrol C-Class variants. Like the diesel particulate filters (DPFs) that are a legal requirement for all diesels, the filters will reduce emissions of the dangerous particles produced by internal combustion engines.
There’s more impressive technology to be found inside, though. Like the saloon and estate models revealed earlier this month, the new C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet benefit from an optional digital instrument display and high-tech driver assistance systems. Cameras and radar systems keep track of traffic conditions and allow the car to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations.