2012 Mercedes C-Class Coupe: Ready for a closeup

28 Feb 2011 | 4,197 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Mercedes-Benz is having a pretty busy year, and the latest explanation for that, the 2012 C-Class Coupe, is making its debut tomorrow at the Geneva Motor Show, and it will hit  U.S. showrooms in September.  You'll be able to get them in  302-hp C350 and 201-hp C250 versions. "By extending the C-Class portfolio, we are consciously targeting new customers," says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Head of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. "The new model is youthful, stylish and expressive. What we are offering is an exceptionally sporty way to enter the world of the Mercedes-Benz coupe." "Expressive" is a good word to describe the new coupe. If you look at the Mercedes Benz line as a whole, you'll notice that some of its models have a more traditional, attractive mainstream look, while others are indeed more expressive  and ground breaking, showcasing styling details you see on other Mercedes brands soon after, as well as starting trends that are picked up by other companies.  These include models like  the CLS four door coupe, the SL and SLK models, and to some extent, the S-Class sedans. While the C-Class Coupe may not flamboyant, it's certainly more on the stylish and aerodynamic than not. Its features, as the introductory news release says, "compact proportions, low silhouette (1.5 inches flatter 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, sloping roof. The greenhouse extends far beyond the rear axle to an aggressive short rear end."      The release adds, "While the wedge-shaped, sloping beltline provides a link to the C-Class sedan, its strong upsweep into the C-pillar is an entirely distinctive element. This part of the beltline trim moves sharply upwards to meet the roofline trim and not only adds an aggressive touch to the side windows but also enhances the powerful shoulders."         Inside, like the 2012 C Class Sedan, the C-Class coupe gets a considerable upgrade in materials and presentation.          Some car writers had been critical of the most recent C-Class models, saying that the interiors didnt look as costly and impressive as before and the steering wheel in particular came under fire. With the new model, you'll see that the new three spoke steering wheel has a more elegant and at the same time, sportier.The instrument panel features three tube rings with a metallic finish, and the gauges are jewel-like with metalic finishes. The release also says, "The central, trapezoidal air vents and the round vents on the outside are highlighted in detail by metallic trim. The control panel of the new center stack has silver-colored keys, while the combination of matte keys, high-gloss areas and a new controller knob design underline the high quality of the interior." Sounds lovely, no? Aluminum trim is standard on the C250 Coupe, while the C350 Coupe features rich Burl Walnut. Unique Ash Olive Matte Wood Trim is optionally available.  Mercedes builds its products flush with technology of every description,and tne new C-Class Coupe is no exception. More extensive interfaces in the car brings  greater operating convenience, larger displays, phone book transfer, wireless Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB interface now located in the center armrest. Integrated services include SIRIUS 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 optional COMAND navigation system also has a new 3D display with city views. Driving routes covered can now be recorded and recalled later, specific personal destinations can be saved or imported via an SD card and four alternative routes can be displayed on the navigation map including an especially economical route. Under the hood, Mercedes is introducing two new direct-injection gasoline engines to power the C-Class Coupe and both models are equipped with a more fuel efficient 7-speed automatic transmission. There is a 302 horsepower  V6 gasoline engine in the C350 which has  BlueDIRECT injection and puts out 273 lb-ft of torque. Average combined fuel consumption for this engine is is 22 mpg (estimated). The four-cylinder gasoline engine in the C250 also features direct injection and is turbocharged, offering high performance and exemplary economy.

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