Rumor: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe AMG coming to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 3, 2011

As you may know already, Mercedes-Benz revealed the 2012 C-Class Facelift was introduced last week and made quite a buzz as the design of both interior and exterior was improved. The new car comes with a new front fascia fitted with new headlights and front grille, inspired by the new design philosophy of the German manufacturer.

After we saw the facelift, all the Mercedes-Benz fans are now waiting for the facelifted C63 AMG, the most powerful version of the C-Class.

For those who don’t know, the current C63 AMG model is currently powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine, capable to deliver 457 hp. But, it appears that the facelifted version will receive the new 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 engine which will deliver a total output of around 500 hp.

What is even more interesting is that Mercedes-Benz will unveil the new C-Class Coupe in March, at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, according to Autovisie.

And to make things even more excited, the AMG version of the C-Class Coupe will also be present there, powered by the new 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 engine capable to deliver over 500 hp.

Expect the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to feature a modern yet luxuriously elegant offering when it becomes available in spring 2011. It now boasts of a more stunning design both on the front and rear.

Inside, the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class features a new dashboard with elegant, grained surface and pronounced decorative trim – all underscoring the premium nature of the vehicle’s interior. Customers may further make the interior more appealing and modern by availing of the optional, high-resolution color display in the instrument panel.

Joachim Schmidt, Sales & Marketing Director at Mercedes-Benz Cars, remarked that the new-generation C-Class delivers the same comfort and safety as the carmaker’s luxury models in terms of drive and protection systems. He added that the new C-Class comes with several high-grade interior features found in the new CLS, thereby allowing the new C-Class to set new benchmarks in its segment in terms of perceived value and quality.

Moreover, the interior of the new C-Class comes with the latest telematics technology with completely redesigned displays as well as available onboard internet access. Moreover, the new C-Class now consumes 31-percent less fuel than before.

This was achieved by implementing certain measures like employing new engines and the improved 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission as well as the ECO start/stop function. The new C-Class is also fitted with 10 new and available driving assistance systems like DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control and ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection. It also comes with the next-generation telematics like a 3D navigation display with plastic city views and Internet access.

Furthermore, the new C-Class now features, as standard, a leather steering wheel. Customers may also avail of any of the two design and equipment lines -- ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE – to serve as the basis for the individualization program of the C-Class.

Basically, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is set apart from its predecessor by over 2000 new components. Interested buyers could start placing their orders for the Saloon and Estate versions on January 10, 2011. Mercedes will commence sales of the new C-Class in Europe in March 2011.

The C-Class is Mercedes’ highest-selling model series. Mercedes launched the current series in March 2007 and has since sold over 1 million models around the world. Mercedes introduced the first C-Class in 1982 -- as the model 190 – and has since has sold over 8.5 million units. In 2010, the C-Class has been dominating registration statistics.

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