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Preview: 2012 Mercedes Benz C-Class Coupe

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The new C-Class Coupe is expected to bow in by 2011 as a 2012 model

The new C-Class Coupe is expected to bow in by 2011 as a 2012 model

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The switch in nomenclature from the CLK to the E-Class Coupe made a bit of a stir when word began to leak last year. Earlier this month, the issue was broken back open when it was revealed that the new E-Class Coupe is actually based on the C-Class platform - much like its CLK predecessor. So what, then, of a true C-Class coupe? These previews show what it might look like.

Mercedes is already thought to be working on a new C-Class Cabrio dubbed the CLR, opening the door for a revised two-door C-Class hardtop, though Mercedes could simply split the difference and fit a collapsible hardtop. That would help leave breathing room for the new E-Class Coupe while also providing a niche vehicle in the more affordable C-Class range.

The CLC-Class is the current offering in that segment, but it's a three-door liftback and based around the older C-Class Sportcoupe. Though it has undergone a major revamp, it doesn't really match the new lineup, and will likely need to be replaced by the time of the mid-cycle refresh of the current C-Class. Mercedes' decision to fork the CLC off from the C-Class means that the new C-Coupe previewed here could also wear CLC-badging, however.

At this point it's all speculation, as Mercedes hasn't confirmed the existence of any plans for a new C-Class-based Coupe. If it does come along, however, expect powertrain options to fall in line with the rest of the C-Class, including a range of four and six-cylinder petrol units and, outside the U.S., diesels.

If Mercedes does build a new coupe on the C-Class platform, it won't likely be until 2011.
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  1. a very handsome vehicle indeed
     
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  2. This appeals to me.
     
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  3. Be better to buy this then the more expensive E-class coupe based on the C-class
     
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  4. Looks much better than the E-Class coupe and makes more sense.
     
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  5. You guys keep reposting the same story with no major updates. We are still SPECULATING about the arrival of this model, and until Mercedes officially announces it, we have NOTHING to hope for. Stop blowing smoke on this story.
     
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  6. You guys keep reposting the same story with no major updates. We are still SPECULATING about the arrival of this model, and until Mercedes officially announces it, we have NOTHING to hope for. Stop blowing smoke on this story.

    Well you have to figure they will do this if they want to take on their rivals at BMW
     
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  7. this and the 3 series coupe make a great comparison but theres no way i would get either of them over an a5 despite the price difference. =] the audi is just as good in every way except it is soo much more beautiful.
     
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  8. wao! this car is too much, i love it. the company should keep it up. thanks
     
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  9. I think the CLK is going to be CLE according to many articles (bigger/more expensive) to compete with AUDIO S5/A5. The true 3 series fighter C-coupe/convertable make sense. Price it similar to the 335 but make sure that its got similar HP count. As of now, the C350 is still short of 300HP. Considering G37 / IS350 / 335 all have retractable hard tops ~ it will be hard for the C not to have them (Considering that Mercedes is the first to make them popular with their SL/SLK started in the 80s.)
     
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  10. What's the point of this article? There is no proof and most of the information here is all B.S.
     
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  11. The proposed C-class coupe looks an awful lot like a Honda Accord. That's not a bad thing; they're both handsome. Wish I could afford a rear-wheel-drive coupe with a manual transmission to go with my 4matic C280 sedan with slushbox...
     
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  12. The c-class coupé will be especially attractive to younger buyers who like the finer things in life but don't want the stuffy sedan image.
    This version is a lot better looking than the current CLC-class.
     
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