Broadening the reach. That’s how Mercedes-Benz describes the move that has seen it replace the once popular CLK with not one but a pair of coupe models – both sharing the same basic underpinnings and, in part, driveline combinations. The E-Class coupe was introduced in 2009, and now here's the C-Class coupe.

It represents the second stage in the German car maker’s bid for up-market coupe dominance being kicked into action.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupé gets off to a good start as its arrivals also spells the end for the CLCa mediocre effort based on the previous C-Class.

And being given the simplest, most obvious and most descriptive name can say a lot about a car, so we’re relieved that Mercedes has gone for C-Class coupe rather than CLC, CLK or CL anything else equally confusing.

The name isn’t the only cause to think that this coupé will be something of a revelation because, in recent years, Mercedes has been producing cars that aren’t trying to feel like BMWs but are distinctly and very appealingly individual to the three-pointed star. The C-Class on which this car is based was the first of this new breed.

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As well as the usual range of petrol, diesel and AMG models we’ve come to expect from a Mercedes line-up, the C-Class coupe also includes a very special Black Series model, a badge Mercedes has only endowed on three other cars before it.

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