First Look: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

An AMG-tuned model is already under development, but for the time being, North American customers can chose from two engine options. C250 Coupe models are equipped with a direct-injection, turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4, which produces 201 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 229 pound-feet of torque from 2200-4300 rpm. C350 Coupes receive a direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6, which is rated at 302 horsepower at 6500 rpm, and 273 pound-feet of torque from 3500-5250 rpm. Both engine choices are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment on both models includes 14-way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate controls, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, a 5.8-inch information display screen, HD radio, nine airbags, and Mercedes' driver awareness detection system. C350 models also receive heated front seats, a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound system, an iPod interface, and walnut interior trim at no extra charge. Navigation, xenon headlamps, keyless ignition, and larger 18-inch rims are optional on both models.

Mercedes has yet to announce pricing for either model, although it's widely expected the C-Class Coupe will slot in between base prices for comparable C-Class Sedans and the E-Class Coupe. Further details will likely emerge in September, when C250 and C350 Coupes are slated to roll into showrooms nationwide.

2 of 2
Everything up to windshield looks Mercedes; Everything beyond looks asian generic......the C Sedan is much better looking - which should not be the case. Less forward angle rake and a larger greenhouse with a more horizontal beltline would fix everything.
Looks like an '08 Honda Accord...which is ok for Honda, but not so much for Benz...
Looks more like a Honda or an old Oldsmobile Alero than a Mercedes (but at least it doesn't have the awful Mercedes "Ponton" rear fenders)
That looks entirely uninspiring and drop-dead boring. I'd take the Audi A5 over this.

New Car Research

our instagram

get Automobile Magazine

Subscribe to the magazine and save up to 84% off the newsstand price


new cars

Read Related Articles