Latest spy pictures of the show a near undisguised Mercedes C-class coupe in testing
13 December 2010

The new Mercedes C-class coupe has been spied virtually undisguised ahead of its launch at January’s Detroit motor show.

The coupe will be launched alongside facelifted saloon and estate C-class models and will sport those car’s styling changes, including new headlamps, a more contoured bonnet and a reprofiled bumper, changes inspired by the new E-class range.

See the latest spy pics of the Mercedes C-class coupe

The new C-class coupe has been conceived to replace the CLK, discontinued earlier this year after 12 years and two model generations. It also spells the end for the CLC, a small sports hatch that was only recently updated.

Unlike the E-class coupe, however, the C-class version will not be modified and offered in cabriolet guise.

Read more on the facelifted Mercedes C-class range

Engine options are likely to mirror those of the saloon range, including reworked versions of today’s four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and an optional seven-speed automatic gearbox in place of the current five-speed unit.

The C-class coupe will also spawn a BMW M3-rivalling C63 AMG model, as well as potentially a hardcore Black Series variant.

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13 December 2010

"The new C-class coupe has been conceived to replace the CLK, discontinued earlier this year after 12 years and two model generations."

I thought Mercedes had stated the E Class Coupe was the replacement for the CLK because it felt their customers demanded a more mature car?



 

 

It's all about the twisties........

13 December 2010

This has to be one of my least favourite Merc designs, it just does nothing for me.

13 December 2010

[quote TegTypeR]

"The new C-class coupe has been conceived to replace the CLK, discontinued earlier this year after 12 years and two model generations."

I thought Mercedes had stated the E Class Coupe was the replacement for the CLK because it felt their customers demanded a more mature car?

[/quote]

Although the new C-Class coupe should clarify Merc's coupe line up in relation to their saloon siblings, I'm still confused.com!

In my mind the CLK was a new class of coupe for Mercedes that was based on the C-Class to rival, say the 3-Series Coupe, and not a replacement for the then W124 based executive-class E-Class coupe which went out of production back in 1995 and was not replaced until 2 E-class generations later when the current E-Class Coupe was launched, although it appears that this is based on the current C-Class coupe (the dashboard design shows that it appears to be based on the smaller car). Yet the 4-dr coupe CLS is clearly based on the larger car.

The CLC is a facelifted C-Class Sports Coupe and effectively a generation behind, although in its original guise it was marketed as 3-dr hatch/coupe to rival cars in the class below, inc the 3-Series Compact. I suppose its natural rival now are the Scirocco and 1-Series Coupe.

13 December 2010

In response to Lanehogger and Teg, I'm guessing Mercedes agreed that their line up was confusing and to me it is now far more simple to understand:

CLC: 1 series/A3 rival

C Class coupe: 3 Series rival

E Class coupe: A5 rival maybe?

CLS: A7 rival

In writing this post it has occured to me that Audi has now overtaken BMW as the main rival to Mercedes and Audi is the maker of confusing cars.. BMW haven't got models to compete and instead concentrate on silly niches like the 5GT and X6! And also, Audi have taken over Merc by having a coupe which doesn't fit in logically: The A5. It's A4 based but considered a class above?

Hope that paragraph made sense, after re-reading what I have written I'm not sure if it makes sense to me!

Anyway, on topic of the car in the article, It should be a massive seller judging by the spy pics and the fact that its main rival the 3 Series coupe is getting on a bit.

13 December 2010

[quote PRODIGY]The A5. It's A4 based but considered a class above?[/quote]

I've never thought that. It's just a 2 door A4 competing with 3 Series and C Class.

What's confusing everyone is that Merc has two C Class based Coupe's but one of them is called the E Class coupe. I must say I prefer the simplicity of this car much more than the overly complex bling of the E Class coupe.

13 December 2010

[quote supermanuel]What's confusing everyone is that Merc has two C Class based Coupe's but one of them is called the E Class coupe. I must say I prefer the simplicity of this car much more than the overly complex bling of the E Class coupe.
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Ah, I didn't realise the E class coupe was C Class based! Explains the confusion then. And thankyou for clarifying the A5s positioning, to my eyes it looks far bigger and classier than the 3 Series coupe and C Class but then I guess the A4 is ridiculously big for the class it's in so it figures!

13 December 2010

[quote supermanuel]

[quote PRODIGY]The A5. It's A4 based but considered a class above?[/quote]

I've never thought that. It's just a 2 door A4 competing with 3 Series and C Class.

What's confusing everyone is that Merc has two C Class based Coupe's but one of them is called the E Class coupe. I must say I prefer the simplicity of this car much more than the overly complex bling of the E Class coupe.

[/quote]

Yup. supermanuel managed to say what i was trying to say in less words and yet come over a lot clearer!

Some will say the E-Class is based on the E-Class platform, but a simple look at the dashboard will tell you otherwise. It looks similar to the E-Class saloons' but that's about it as there are some detailed differences while the dash looks (and is) narrower to fit within the architecture of the smaller C-Class.

And the A5 is nothing more than an A4 coupe, although it is larger than most of its rivals including the 3-Series. The A7 is also just a 5-dr coupe version of the recently unveiled A6 and a rival to the Mercedes CLS (itself a 4-dr coupe of the car it's actually based on).

How long before Audi unveils an A9??!! Although having a coupe version of the A8 may see a cheaper in-house rival to the Contintental GT, VW Group's current luxury-class coupe.

13 December 2010

[quote Lanehogger]Some will say the E-Class is based on the E-Class platform, but a simple look at the dashboard will tell you otherwise. It looks similar to the E-Class saloons' but that's about it as there are some detailed differences while the dash looks (and is) narrower to fit within the architecture of the smaller C-Class.[/quote]

Yes, the track width and wheelbase give the game away. I think it was mentioned on here many months ago that the E Class platform was considered by MB to be too large to give the coupe the necessary proportions so the C Class was used instead.

13 December 2010

[quote Lanehogger]The CLC is a facelifted C-Class Sports Coupe and effectively a generation behind, although in its original guise it was marketed as 3-dr hatch/coupe to rival cars in the class below, inc the 3-Series Compact. I suppose its natural rival now are the Scirocco and 1-Series Coupe.[/quote]

Oh, and the CLC will be discontinued now and that end of the market picked back up when the new B Class range is launched. Shame, I never had a problem with the CLC, even with it's older underpinnings.

13 December 2010

[quote Lanehogger]How long before Audi unveils an A9??!! Although having a coupe version of the A8 may see a cheaper in-house rival to the Contintental GT, VW Group's current luxury-class coupe.[/quote]

I suppose it would be a natural rival for the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class (to be called S-Class Coupé from the next generation, I believe). The CL isn't quite in the same league as the Bentley Continental GT so there's room for an A9, in my opinion.

However, whereas the S-Class sells in droves (and the CL-Class seems to do pretty well for itself in some markets), I don't know if the sales of the A8 are big enough to justify an A9, especially when for a few thousand more you can have a Bentley.

*edit*

Thinking again... maybe Bentley could come down a class saving Audi the trouble of trying to move up. They'll be able to charge a lot more that way!

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