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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe - Web Exclusive

To celebrate 125 years of history Mercedes-Benz will unveil this sporty two-door compact coupe at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

Feb 14, 2011

The new model deploys the progressive technology featured on the soon-to-be-launched new generation C-Class to deliver an impressive coupe layout that combines fun with efficiency.

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From the side, the new coupe has a low silhouette (41mm/1.6" lower than the sedan) with powerful shoulders and a narrow C-pillar in a classic three-box design.

Typical coupe features include the short front overhang, long hood, steeply raked windshield and long, stretched roof. The cabin extends beyond the rear axle, over the flat rear window to a short tail end.

While the wedge-shaped, sloping beltline demonstrates affinity with the C-Class, its strong upsweep into the C-pillar is a distinctive element. The final part of the beltline trim moves sharply upwards to meet the roofline trim.

At the front, the new coupe shares the same styling as the latest C-Class, yet has its own twist. The front view is dominated by the prominent radiator grille and bumper. The center air intake opens upwards, forming a base for the radiator grille, which has the double-louver typical of a coupe. Two chrome louvers extend either side of the central star, tapering off at the outer edges and creating an arrow-shaped horizontal sweep, giving the front a pronounced V-shape.

This continues into the side sections, which extend from beneath the headlamps and blend into the feature lines along the flanks, thereby linking the front and sides.

The side air intakes in the bumper features horizontal daytime running lamps positioned low down, giving the coupe a road-hugging appearance. The shape of the clear-lens headlamps creates a dynamic impression, and acts together with the hood, grille and bumper trim to reinforce the pronounced front section.

From the rear, the new C-Class Coupe looks sportily short. Because the roof flows beyond the rear axle, with the steeply raked rear window and fluid C-pillars, the appearance of length is reduced.

A wide chamfer at the top of the trunk highlights the compact proportions. Positioning the tail lights as far apart as possible emphasizes width. The particular impression of depth is achieved by a centrally-located LED indicator, which appears to float in front of the red light bands with their more deeply set LEDs.

Continuous, horizontal light-catching contours in the bumper further accentuate the broad, deep-set effect. The AMG rear skirt between the exhaust system's tailpipe trim makes the rear-end look lighter and gives the vehicle a sporty, dynamic quality.

The dashboard instrument panel features three tube rings with a galvanized finish. As standard, the coupe comes with the new generation of three-spoke steering wheel with its chromed central spoke that first appeared on the new CLS.

The touch surfaces of the controls are finely detailed and galvanized. The stepped top of the instrument cluster also accommodates the central display and continues onto the front passenger side as a discreet light-catching contour. The central, trapezoidal air vents and the round vents on the outside are highlighted in detail by galvanized trim.

The control panel of the new-generation communication and information unit has silver-colored keys. The combination of matte keys, high-gloss areas and a new thumbwheel design underlines the perceived value of the interior.

The C-Class Coupe is a full four-seater with comfortable, integral seats. If desired, the backrests in the rear can be folded down to make the trunk larger.

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The C-Class Coupe features a new telematics generation which received its global premiere on the sedan and wagon models. Major new features include greater operating convenience, larger displays, phone book transfer, display of SMS messages, wireless music reproduction via Bluetooth and a USB interface now accommodated in the center armrest.

The multimedia system COMAND Online now provides internet access for the first time. When the car is stationary, customers are able to browse freely or surf to a Mercedes-Benz Online service, whose pages load particularly rapidly and are easy to use while on the move.

The integrated services include weather information and a special destination search via Google, as well as the option of downloading a route that has been previously configured on a PC using Google Maps and sent to the car.

The navigation system of COMAND Online also has added functions. New features include a 3D display with city views. Also new: routes covered can be recorded and repeated later, specific personal destinations can be saved or imported via an SD card and four alternative routes can be displayed on the navigation map, one of them a particularly economical variation.

There is a choice of three petrol engines and two diesel powerplants in Europe. All are equipped with direct injection and the ECO start/stop function as standard. All the engine variants are classed as BlueEFFICIENCY units, showing that they are particularly efficient.

All automatic versions feature the further-enhanced 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission. The C 220 CDI and C 250 CDI diesel variants and the basic C 180 gasoline engine come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard.

The top engine variant is the V6 gasoline engine in the C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY featuring the efficient BlueDIRECT method of injection. It delivers 306hp and 272 lb-ft. Average fuel consumption is 34.5mpg US.

The four-cylinder gasoline engines have direct injection and turbocharged, offering high performance and economy.

The most economical coupe model is the C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with manual six-speed transmission and the standard ECO start/stop function. It has an average diesel consumption of 53.4mpg US.

The C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY contents itself with a combined diesel consumption of just 48mpg US.

The AGILITY CONTROL suspension, which is standard equipment in parts of Europe, complements the engines. This is based on an amplitude-dependent damping system: when driving normally with low shock-absorber impulses, the damping forces are reduced for a noticeable improvement in road roar and tire vibration. When shock absorber impulses are greater, for example when cornering at speed or performing evasive maneuvers, the maximum damping forces are set and the car is effectively stabilized.

The AGILITY CONTROL suspension is complemented by a rack-and-pinion steering system. Speed-sensitive steering with variable centering and a constant steering ratio is available.



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