Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Photos Hit the Web Before Geneva Debut

We hope Mercedes-Benz has the number of a plumber in Stuttgart at hand, as it seems to have sprung yet another leak. Although the new C-Class coupe isn’t supposed to officially debut until next month’s Geneva Motor Show, new photos emerged online this afternoon, marking the second photo leak involving this two-door model.

Set to replace the CLK-Class, our sources say the C-Class coupe is mostly a cosmetic upgrade set to coincide with the C-Class’s mid-life refresh. As you can see, the exterior is very similar to the just-updated C-Class sedan, apart of course from the lack of rear doors. We had initially been led to believe that the rear side windows would roll down, but that doesn’t appear to be the case now. Much more work has been done on the interior. Rather than ape the Sedan, the coupe gets its own unique design that draws inspiration from both the sedan as well as the E-Class.

The last we heard, the C-Class coupe will be nearly identical to the Sedan under the sheet metal. We initially expected carryover engines including a 225-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6, a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and a 451-horsepower V-8 AMG model, but rumor has it there are some fresh power plants in store. If reports are correct, the 3.0-liter V-6 may be replaced with a 201-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and the 3.5-liter V-6 may now produce some 302 horsepower, a substantial improvement. Rumor also has it the C63 AMG coupe will debut in New York with a 422-horsepower 5.5-liter V-8 and that a 4Matic AWD model could be planned, but we haven’t been able to confirm any of these changes with Mercedes.

Reports indicate that, following its Geneva debut, the C-Class coupe will arrive stateside in September as a 2012 model. They suggest pricing will fall slightly higher than comparable C-Class sedan models. We’ll have more information for you on March 1 and 2 as we bring you our live coverage of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Source: eMercedes-Benz