2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe. Click image to enlarge

Buyer’s Guide: 2012 M-B C-Class coupe

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Owner Reviews

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Kennebunkport, Maine – Notable for its scenic highways and prosperous homes, coastal Maine is a fitting location to launch the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. Returning to the line-up after a brief absence, the all-new C-Class Coupe’s driving dynamics seem perfectly suited to the narrow, twisting country roads in the Kennebunkport area, while the three-pointed star would be quite at home in the driveways of its picturesque residences. A refreshed C-Class Sedan was also shown, which will be the subject of a separate report.

According to Mercedes-Benz Canada, the new C-Class coupe responds to the styling, efficient performance and brand image preferences that topped surveys of its target market (mid-40s, 70/30 per cent male/female, average household income: $170,000).

Starting at $39,900, the C 250 Coupe features a new 1.8-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 201 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. This engine has two internal balance shafts that enable it to match V6 smoothness, according to Mercedes-Benz, while achieving fuel economy of 8.2 L/100 km combined city/highway. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe. Click image to enlarge

The C 250’s updated seven-speed automatic “7G-Tronic Plus ” transmission with paddle-shifters is designed to be smoother shifting, quieter and more fuel efficient than the previous version.

The $49,200 C 350 is powered with a 3.5-litre V6 direct injected, naturally-aspirated engine that produces 302 hp and 273 lb.-ft. torque, which is 13 per cent more power than the 2011 version of this engine.  The C 350 Coupe shares its seven-speed automatic transmission with the C 250 Coupe and returns 9.3 L/100 km combined in combined city/highway driving, an estimated 10 per cent reduction in fuel consumption compared with the outgoing V6. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.0 seconds.

At $66,900, the high-performance C 63 AMG Coupe uses an engine built entirely by AMG. The 6.2-litre V8 makes 451 hp and 443 lb.-ft. torque and is mated to the E 63’s seven-speed “AMG Speedshift MCT” double-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual operation. An AMG Performance Package PLUS is available that increases the engine’s output to 481 hp.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe. Click image to enlarge

The C 63 features model-specific exterior enhancements including an aluminum AMG hood with twin power domes, special grille and lower airdam, specific LED running lights, twin spoke 19-inch wheels (20-inch wheels are optional), sport exhaust, side skirts and lip spoiler.

Unlike in the C-Class sedan, 4Matic all-wheel drive is not available for any of the coupe models, although one supposes that this may change in the future. As well, a manual transmission is not available across the range.

All C-Class Coupes are equipped with a panorama sunroof, Coupe-specific seats similar to those found in the E-Class, and AMG body styling including AMG wheels for the C 350 and C 63 AMG (optional on the C 250). A Premium Package is available for each trim level that includes such features as satellite radio, premium audio, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front seats, Parktronic parking assistance, navigation and rear-view camera, depending on the model.

The exterior of the C-Class Coupe is designed to be “dynamic, beautiful, aggressive,” according to Chris Goczan, National Product Manager, Mercedes-Benz Canada. It features redesigned headlamps and new LED taillamps, a rear diffuser and the distinctive sloping roofline. The Coupe is 38 millimetres lower than the Sedan, and while styling is not extravagant, it is sleeker and perhaps conveys a more youthful image than the sedan version.

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