Latest spy images reveal the interior of Merc's new C-class coupé for the first time

These are the latest spy images of Mercedes’ new C-class coupé, including the first shot of its interior.

Set to go on sale in the UK at the same time that facelifted versions of the existing saloon and estate reach showrooms early next year, the new C-class coupé has been conceived to replace the CLK, discontinued earlier this year after 12 years and two model generations.

See the latest spy pics of the new Mercedes C-class coupé - including the first interior pic

The introduction of the C-Class coupé also spells the end for the CLC, a small sports hatch that was only recently updated. Sources indicated the model will be phased out and will be replaced by the new coupé.

The forthcoming two-door eschews a unique body shell and individual styling that made the CLK such a success for a comparatively upright look that draws heavily on the silhouette and detailing of its four-door siblings.

“We went back and studied what made our coupés so popular in the past. If you look at some of the more successful two-door models Mercedes-Benz has produced, you can see a direct relationship between them and their four-door stablemates,” said an insider describing the new coupé’s appearance.

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Don’t expect the new Mercedes-Benz to have a very long life, though. With engineering of the fourth-generation C-class already under way at the German car maker’s R&D centre near Stuttgart, the new two-door is planned to be sold for a maximum of four years. It will then be replaced by a much more curvaceous model that’s likely to follow the example of the CLS in boasting a more practical four-door layout.

The upcoming C-class coupé will be the second two-door model to be based on today’s C-class. Unlike the E-class coupé, however, the C-class version will not be modified and offered in cabriolet guise.

“We did look at an open-top version, but in the end the costs were too high given the short model life,” revealed Autocar’s source.

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Mercedes is also planning a C63 AMG version of the new coupé to rival the BMW M3 and Audi RS5. Sources have indicated that a Black Series model could also be created to fill the void left by the discontinuation of the CLK63 AMG Black Series.

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16 September 2010

I really like the look of this car. Much more resolved than the E (No)Class coupe.

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16 September 2010

Clever bit is how they differentiate this from the E with the same chassis, engines and probable overlapping prices.

I wonder if the conservative styling is deliberate to seperate it from the E. On the one hand it may encourage those who like more edgy style or must have the higher class to make the stretch to the E and for those that like their conservative classical design to stay with the C.

It is noticable that Merc and BM have a better understanding of product marketing and niche marketing than say Jag do in the UK. Sure deeeper pockets help but to me it's odd that as marketing is a UK strength.

16 September 2010

[quote jer]It is noticable that Merc and BM have a better understanding of product marketing and niche marketing than say Jag do in the UK. Sure deeeper pockets help but to me it's odd that as marketing is a UK strength.[/quote]

Not true at all. It's down to resources and having a parent company that lets you get on with your thing.

Same can be said of SAAB.

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16 September 2010

Maybe it's the 'disguise' but that car looks odd, like they loaded up pics of the CLC in Photoshop and just made the rear of the roof area smaller...

16 September 2010

I still don't see where this car will sit in the range given the E-Class coupe is based on the C-Class and competes with the 3-series and A5. Its also going to have quite a short life given the W204 C-Class was launched in 2007 so presumably by 2012/ 2013 it will be up for replacement with an all-new model. They would have been better of replacing the a-class, b-class and clc with a new range of cars to compete with the 3dr, 5dr and coupe bmw 1-series.

16 September 2010

I don't know what Mercedes' thinking was when they based the E-Class Coupe on the C-Class, which seems even wierder when their 4-dr exec coupe (the CLS) is spun straight off the E-Class.

The W124 Coupe was never directly replaced, while the CLK were clearly C-Class coupes and marketed as such and while there is no denying that the current E-Class coupe is being sold exactly as what it says on the tin, why not base it on the model it's suppose to be a variant of?

16 September 2010

[quote J400uk]I still don't see where this car will sit in the range given the E-Class coupe is based on the C-Class and competes with the 3-series and A5. Its also going to have quite a short life given the W204 C-Class was launched in 2007 so presumably by 2012/ 2013 it will be up for replacement with an all-new model. They would have been better of replacing the a-class, b-class and clc with a new range of cars to compete with the 3dr, 5dr and coupe bmw 1-series.[/quote] Not true, the CLK was based on the C-Class, the current E-Class coupe is based on a shortened version of the E-Class saloon, which was done to move it more up market into the 6series territory (you can tell that from the pricing), but i think its smaller than what it should be to compete with the 6 series. This model is basically a C-class with 2 doors......but i hope the doors will be framless....it doent look lie it from the pictures.......otherwise it wont be a proper merc coupe.

16 September 2010

[quote carnut]Not true, the CLK was based on the C-Class, the current E-Class coupe is based on a shortened version of the E-Class saloon, which was done to move it more up market into the 6series territory (you can tell that from the pricing), but i think its smaller than what it should be to compete with the 6 series.[/quote]

How many times has that been discussed/questioned on here?

Definitive answer on the platform beneath the E Class coupe please....

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16 September 2010

This won't appeal to CLC owners as it is doesn't have a hatchback.

17 September 2010

[quote blowerbentley]This won't appeal to CLC owners as it is doesn't have a hatchback.[/quote]

You think that's why they buy the CLC? I reckon they buy it because it's a cheap way to get into a proper RWD Merc. The hatchback isn't important for most of them.

This is a nice looking car that could be a sales hit if priced correctly.

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