Leaked: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe shows up online

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 7, 2011

Thanks to the German magazine AutoBild, we are able to show you today the first photos with the brand new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. As you may know already, this would be the latest addition in the Mercedes-Benz lineup and the vehicle promises to take on cars such as the Bmw 1-Series Coupe.

Looking at the photos, we must admit that we really like this car, but we have to see the official high-resolution photos in order to give our final verdict.

It’s not a secret anymore, that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe will make its debut in March, at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show (as we already reported it here), but the most interesting fact is that the model will also have an AMG version powered by the all-new 5.5-liter V8 engine delivering 500 hp.

Regarding the other engines, the new car will carry the new V6 gasoline engine (found in the C350) and capable to deliver 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque (previously 268 hp and 258 lb-ft).

The four-cylinder engine (new for the U.S. market) features direct injection and turbocharging and is distinguished by outstanding combined fuel economy of 24 mpg (on the sedan and station wagon models).

The new Mercedes C-Class coupe features a front end that shares the styling of the sedan version but that stands out with the prominent radiator grille surround, including the bumper. It features a center air intake that opens upwards to form a visual base unit for the radiator grille.

Meanwhile, the radiator grille dons two chrome louvres – a styling typical of coupes -- extending left and right on either side of the central star. These louvres taper off at the outer edges to create an arrow-shaped horizontal sweep that lends the front end of the C-Class coupe a pronounced V-shape.

This sweep is continued on the side sections, then flowing beneath the headlamps to merge with the feature lines on flanks. The bumper is home to the integrated, horizontal daytime running lamps and to side air intakes that are positioned low to give the coupé a road-hugging look.

Furthermore, the clear-lens headlamps are shaped to create a strong impression. The headlamps and the bonnet as well as the radiator grille and the bumper trim all work to boost the pronounced front section.

On the other hand, the rear end of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé appears short yet sporty, thanks to its fluid C-pillars and the roof flowing beyond the rear axle with the steeply raked rear window.

The car also features a wide chamfer on top of the boot lid, which originates from the side panel – emphasizing its compactness. Mercedes also positioned the tail lights as far from each other as possible to underline the car’s width.

Moreover, the C-Class Coupe comes with a centrally located LED indicator that seemingly floats in front of the red upper as well as lower light bands with deeply set LEDs – all providing a good impression of depth.

The rear bumper features horizontal light-catching contours that help highlight its deep-set effect. Thanks to AMG rear skirt installed between the exhaust system's tailpipe trim, the rear end of the new C-Class Coupe now appears lighter, sportier and more dynamic.

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