Following its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe heads to the U.S. this coming September. With the addition of the two-door four-passenger coupe to the C-Class stable, Mercedes-Benz is going after new customers, according to Dr. Joachim Smith, the automaker’s head of sales and marketing who says, “What we are offering is an exceptionally sporty way to enter the world of the Mercedes-Benz coupe.”
What’s different? Take the same sleek good looks of the C-Class sedan, then flatten the silhouette about 1.5 inches, and continue with traditional coupe-type features such as a short front overhang, long hood, steeply raked windshield and long sloping roof. The C-Class coupe’s greenhouse extends well beyond the rear axle to an aggressive short rear end.
The effect is one of compact athleticism coupled with a distinctively sporty and appealing design.
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
Standard and optional equipment
Standard equipment on both models includes power tilt/sliding panorama sunroof; dual-zone automatic climate control with dust filter; 14-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar; sport seats with integrated headrests; single disc CD/MP3/AM/FM Weatherband radio; HD Radio; Bluetooth audio streaming; 8-speaker sound system with auxiliary input and USB port; Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling; central controller with 5.8-inch display; power tilt/telescoping steering column; multifunction leather steering wheel with shift paddles; 4.5-inch color instrument cluster display; front and rear cupholders; rain sensing intermittent wipers; auto-dimming mirrors; cruise control; power windows with express up/down; automatic headlamps with twilight sensor and locator lighting; trip computer; split-folding rear seats, and aluminum trim.
The C350 adds heated front seats; Sirius Satellite radio; 12-speaker harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system with auxiliary input and USB port; integrated garage door opener, and Burl Walnut wood trim (in place of aluminum trim).
Optional packages for include Premium 1 package (for C250 only), with heated front seats, iPod/MP3 media interface in center console, harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system, and Sirius satellite radio; Lighting package (bi-xenon headlamps with active curve illumination); Lane Tracking package (blind spot assist and lane keeping assist); and Multimedia package (COMAND system with hard-drive navigation; enhanced voice control for telephone, audio and navigation; 7-inch color display; Sirius real-time traffic service; in-dash SD memory card reader; in-dash 6-disc DVD/CD changer; Gracenote media database; 10GB hard-drive with Music Register, and rearview camera).
Stand-alone options for C250 only include iPod/MP3 media interface; heated front seats; Sirius satellite radio; Burl Walnut wood trim, and Parktronic with parking guidance. Standalone options available on both C250 and C350 include mbrace telematics; Ash Olive Matte Wood trim; 18-inch AMG seven-spoke wheels; 18-inch AMG twin five-spoke alloy wheels; rear-side airbags, and Keyless Go. Available standalone options on the C350 include aluminum trim and Parktronic with advanced parking guidance.
Performance and handling
Two spirited direct injection engines power the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. In the C250, it’s a 201-horsepower turbocharged in-line four-cylinder with direct injection. The C350 gets the 302-horsepower BlueDIRECT V-6 engine. Both are mated with a more fuel-efficient seven-speed automatic transmission. Estimated fuel economy for the C250 is 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined, while the C350 is expected to deliver 22 mpg combined.