STUTTGART: The C-Class Coupé sees Mercedes-Benz entering a new market segment and for the first time offering a compact, classic coupé.
The new model deploys the progressive technology featured on the soon to be launched new generation of the C-Class to deliver a coupé format that promises fun at the wheel with efficiency.
The model is targeted at customers aged 35 to 45.
"By extending the C-Class portfolio, we are targeting new customers," said Dr Joachim Schmidt, Head of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
"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 coupé."
The four-seat coupe has low silhouette and is 41mm flatter than the sedan with broad shoulders and a narrow C-pillar in a classic three-box design. The backrests in the rear can be folded down to make the boot larger.
Typical coupé features include the short front overhang, long bonnet, steeply raked windscreen and long, stretched out roof. The cabin extends far beyond the rear axle over the rear window in its flat position to a short tail end.
Mercedes has positioned the tail lights as far apart as possible emphasises width. In the UK the C-Class Coupé will feature the AMG Sports Package as standard which further enhances the look of the car with AMG bodystyling and 18” AMG alloys.
The coupe gets a choice of three petrol engines and two diesel powerplants. All come 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 and environment friendly in their use of fuel.
The top engine variant is the V6 petrol engine in the C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY. It delivers 306hp and 370Nm. Average fuel consumption is 17.6km/l. The four-cylinder petrol engines have direct injection and are turbocharged.
The most economical coupé 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 27.3km/l. This corresponds to 117 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
The C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY contends itself with a combined diesel consumption of just 57.6 mpg. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 128 grams per kilometre.
In addition, the C-Class Coupé features a new telematics generation which received its global premiere on the sedan and estate 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 centre armrest.
The multimedia system COMAND Online now provides Internet access for the first time but only when the car is at standstill.
The two-door car from Mercedes, now in its 125th year of corporate history, will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and make its way to customers from June.