What more dynamic way to celebrate the invention of the automobile? The expressive Mercedes Benz C-Class Coupe sees Mercedes Benz, now in its 125th year of corporate history, entering a new market segment and for the first time offering a compact, classic coupe. This youthful, sporty two-door car will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in early March 2011 and making its way to customers from June.
The dashboard instrument panel features a strong, sporty and high-quality design. Three tube rings with a galvanised finish demonstrate the car's sporty credentials to the driver. As standard, the coupe comes with the new generation of three-spoke steering wheel with its chromed central spoke that first appeared on the new Mercedes Benz CLS. The touch surfaces of the controls are finely detailed and galvanised. The stepped top of the instrument cluster also accommodates the central display and continues onto the front passenger side as a discreet light-catching contour.
The multimedia system COMAND Online now provides internet access for the first time. When the car is stationary, customers are able to browse freely or surf to a Mercedes Benz Online service whose pages load particularly rapidly and are also easy to use while on the move.
There is a choice of three petrol engines and two diesel powerplants to power the Mercedes Benz C-Class Coupe. All are equipped 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 environmentally friendly in their use of fuel.
All automatic versions feature the further-enhanced 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission (standard with the Mercedes Benz C 250 and Mercedes Benz C 350 petrol engines). The Mercedes Benz C 220 CDI and Mercedes Benz C 250 CDI diesel variants and the basic C 180 petrol engine come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard.
The top engine variant is the V6 petrol engine in the Mercedes Benz C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY featuring the efficient BlueDIRECT method of injection. It delivers 306 hp and 370 Nm. Average fuel consumption is 41.5 mpg. The four-cylinder petrol engines have direct injection and are turbocharged, offering high performance and exemplary economy.
The most economical coupe model is the Mercedes Benz C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with manual six-speed transmission and the standard ECO start/stop function. It has an average diesel consumption of 64.2 mpg. This corresponds to 117 grams of CO2 per kilometre. The Mercedes Benz C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY contents itself with a combined diesel consumption of just 57.6 mpg. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 128 grams per kilometre.
Mercedes Benz C-Class Coupe Engine Options
|Model||cc||hp at rpm||Nm from Rpm||0-62 mph||Top speed mph||CO2 g/km|
|C 220 CDI BE||2143||125/170 3000||400 1400||8,1 (8,4)||231 (232)||128-139 (117-133)|
|C 250 CDI BE||2143||150/204 4200||500 1600||7,1 (7,0)||240 (240)||128-139 (128-143)|
|C 180 BE||1796||115/156 5000||250 1600||8,8-9,0 (9,0)||223 (225)||150-162 (157-169)|
|C 250 BE||1796||150/204 5500||310 2000||7,2||240||152-163|
|C 350 BE||3498||225/306 6500||370 3500||6,0||250||159-164|
With seven airbags as standard, belt tensioners and belt-force limiters for all seats, the Mercedes Benz C-Class Coupe has extensive safety features. The airbags, which can deploy in milliseconds in the event of an accident, include front airbags and sidebags for the driver and front passenger, a kneebag on the driver's side, and headbags. The side protection system - comprising headbag and thoraxbag - optimises the level of protection afforded to individual parts of the body. To protect pedestrians, the coupe has an active bonnet made of aluminium.
In the UK the Mercedes Benz C-Class Coupe will feature the AMG Sports Package as standard which further enhances the look of the car with AMG bodystyling and 18" AMG alloys.
The market launch of the Mercedes Benz C-Class Coupe commences in June 2011.Published 14 February 2011