2012 Mercedes Benz C-Class Shown Just Ahead of Geneva Launch

The 2012 Mercedes Benz C class will reach the US by September after its launch at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1st. The technology is borrowed from the C-class sedan and infused in to a coupe body. The car is 1.5 inches lower than its sedan.

The low silhouette and narrow C-pillar in classic three-box design exudes contemporary styling. Short front overhang, long hood, steeply raked windshield and long, sloping roof all are typical of a coupe.

While the wedge-shaped, sloping beltline is inherited from the C-Class sedan, its ascending merge into the C-pillar is entirely exclusive. This part of the beltline trim meets the roofline trim and not only adds an aggressive touch to the side windows but also enhances the powerful shoulders. The radiator grille has chrome double-Louvre style with the star in the middle.

There are clear lens headlamps and daytime running LED’s at the front. In the rear the tail lights are placed at maximum distance apart to show width and centrally mounted LED indicator signifies depth.

The interior of the car features three tube rings in metallic finish, flat bottomed three spoke steering wheel with shift paddles and a 5.8 inch center console. The car is a proper four seater, with backrests in the rear reclining for extra storage.

Features include Bluetooth streaming, SIRIUS weather forecast, special Google destination search. The optional COMAND navigation system also has a new 3D display with city views.

The engine options for the C-class coupe are a 1.8 L four-cylinder engine developing 201 hp, 229 lb-ft of torque @ 4300 rpm with 0-60 mph coming in 7.1 s and a top speed of 130 mph, and a 3.5 L V6 engine producing 302 hp, 273 lb-ft @ 5250 rpm, 0-60 mph in 5.9 s and 130 mph top speed.

Both these engines are said to return a combined fuel economy of 24 and 22 mpg. Both these power plants get a seven speed automatic transmission.

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