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Mercedes C-class Coupe (2011) first pictures

Published: 13 February 2011

Mercedes is expanding the C-class range further with this new C-class Coupe. Due to be shown at the 2011 Geneva motor show, the new two-door C apes the larger CLS in style, yet is tipped to cost from £30,000 when sales start in June 2011.

The C-class Coupe essentially slots in where the CLK left off. It's 41mm lower than the C saloon and, to these eyes, looks rather attractive all round.

In the UK the C-class Coupe comes as standard with the AMG Sports Package as standard, which means toughened-up AMG body kit and 18in AMG alloys.

So who'll buy the new Mercedes C-class Coupe?

It is pitched at 35- to 45-year-olds, says Merc. 'By extending the C-class portfolio, we are consciously targeting new customers,' says Dr Joachim Schmidt, head of sales and marketing. 'The new model is youthful, stylish and dynamic. What we are offering is an exceptionally sporty way to enter the world of the Mercedes-Benz coupe.'

The C-class Coupe is a four-seater, and the rear seats flop down to extend the boot at weekends.

Merc C-class Coupe engines

The C-class packs a range of hardware familiar from the existing C range. Interestingly, the C-class and E-class Coupe share much of their underpinnings.

Five direct-injection petrol and diesel engines will be offered:

Model

Cyls

cc

bhp

NM

0-62mph

Top speed

Economy

CO2

C220 CDI

4cyl

2143

170

400

8.1sec

231kph

53.2mpg

128g/km

C250 CDI

4cyl

2143

204

500

7.1sec

240kph

53.2mpg

128g//km

C180

4cyl

1796

156

250

8.8sec

223kph

40.3mpg

150g/km

C250

4cyl

1796

204

310

7.2sec

240kph

40.3mpg

152g/km

C350

V6

3498

306

370

6.0sec

250kph

40.3mpg

159g/km

 

Any other tricks?

Sure. Hhow about Merc's new Comand Online system, which has full onboard web access (while stationary). So nav offers Google Maps functionality and will record your route if requested.

Not enough tech? Then how about adaptive highbeam, drowsiness detector, speed limit readers, lane-keep assist and blindspot monitors. Driver optional?

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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