At least two extra models will be added to the new Mercedes C-Class range to broaden its appeal
21 October 2013

Mercedes-Benz will launch a Sportcoupe and cabriolet version of its new C-class as part of an expanded model range.

Slated for sale from 2015 is a C-class liftback, which insiders hint will resurrect the Sportcoupé nameplate. But unlike the earlier three-door Sportcoupé based on the third-generation C-class, the new one will receive a five-door layout similar to the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 3-series GT.

Details remain scarce, although sources suggest the new C-class Sportcoupé will use the same lengthened wheelbase as the Chinese-market C-class saloon, providing it with additional levels of rear seat legroom over the standard saloon, estate and coupé models set to be offered in the UK.

Also under development but yet to receive a definitive production date is a C-class cabriolet. Conceived around what will be the second-generation C-class coupé, the BMW 3-series convertible and Audi A5 cabriolet rival is earmarked to use a fabric hood. 

Revealed: The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet is unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motorshow

Topping the line-up will be a replacement for today’s C63 AMG, running a newly developed twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine — the same unit earmarked for use in Mercedes’ performance division’s upcoming Porsche 911 rival, the C190.

Following the launch of the diesel-electric E300 and S300 Bluetec Hybrid, Mercedes also plans to add an ultra-frugal new C300 Bluetec Hybrid to its ranks.

Expected to form part of the launch line-up, the C300 Bluetec Hybrid is set to use the same driveline as its larger siblings, with an OM651 ECO 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine combined with an electric motor mounted in the gearbox housing to provide combined average fuel consumption of close to 70mpg.

Also under development is a new C300 plug-in petrol hybrid model. Again, nothing is official, but insiders suggest it will use a 2.0-litre version of the M274 four-cylinder petrol engine in combination with an electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack boasting plug-in compatibility for a zero-emissions range of up to 37 miles. 

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007-2014
The C-Class rivals the likes of the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series

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21 October 2013

Looks like a pretty car at fist apperrence, but then I noticed that long rear over hang and that the rear wheels seem to close to the front.

Also can't help but feel an insignia or mondeo would do the job better.

21 October 2013

Looks very much like an Insignia from the side profile anyway! I think maybe these hatch based 'sportcoupes' are a model too far. Need extra practicality? Buy the estate.

21 October 2013
Sam_notts wrote:

Looks very much like an Insignia from the side profile anyway! I think maybe these hatch based 'sportcoupes' are a model too far. Need extra practicality? Buy the estate.

It's never a model too far when you need volume, it's all about giving us what we don't need and it's the reason why the German marques are so successful and companies like Jaguar are and always will be nowhere.

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21 October 2013

Gentlemen, I think you are arguing over how many angels fit on the head of a pin. Nowhere in the article does it state that the picture presented was real, it probably is a "guess" by Autocar as to what it might look like. Wasted words.....

GeToD

 

21 October 2013
GeToD wrote:

Nowhere in the article does it state that the picture presented was real, it probably is a "guess" by Autocar

Or an Insignia with 20" alloys.

21 October 2013

Hopefully the real thing won't look exactly like an Insignia, as this image does!


21 October 2013

Looking at the width of the rear doors, I suspect only skinny people, with small feet, will get in and out of the rear seats easily.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

21 October 2013

Isn't Mercedes Benz making enough really ugly cars already?

There are grounds for legislation here. If you want to build a vile looking house, the local authority can stop you. Why should the rest of us be forced to look at Mercedes styling as we drive about?

21 October 2013

It has autocar written on the image so just a made up image of a car. With Audi and BMW already doing this a simple business case for MB to decide whether to jump in on this or not.

21 October 2013

MB are getting their act together. I love the Class S Coupé and this looks nice too. For someone who has steered clear of MB, they are beginning to produce cars that I would buy. The swage lines look much better here than they do on the A, B and CLS.

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