Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé: design images

Production Cars 27 May 2011
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé: design images

The official sketches, photo and design information on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé, presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and expected for market launch in June 2011.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Design SketchUnveiled at the last Geneva Show, the C-Class Coupé shares with its sedan counterpart the same front end, the wedge-shaped, sloping beltline and the wheelbase length.

Its dynamic design is characterized by a sleek roofline (about 4 cm lower) and a short sporty tail.

The C-Class Coupé will be offered with a choice of two versions: the C250, powered by a 201-hp 1.8 liter turbocharged engine and the 350, featuring a 304-hp, 3.5 liter V6 unit.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Both engines are coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, while an all-drive system will be available as an option.

Aimed at rivaling the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A5, the new C-Class Coupé will debut on next month.

Below we report the official details on the exterior and interior design.

From the official Press Release:

Exterior Design

From the side, the new coupé beguiles the onlooker with its compact proportions, low silhouette (41 mm flatter than the saloon) with powerful shoulders and a narrow C-pillar in a classic three-box design.

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Typical coupé features include the short front overhang, long bonnet, steeply raked windscreen and long, stretched out roof.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Design Sketches The greenhouse extends far beyond the rear axle over the rear window in its flat position to a sportily short tail end.

While the wedge-shaped, sloping beltline demonstrates affinity with the C-Class, its strong upsweep into the C-pillar is an entirely distinctive element.

The final part of the beltline trim moves sharply upwards to meet the roofline trim.

This upsweep not only adds a sporty flourish to the way the side windows look; the shaping at the bottom of the C-pillar also enhances the powerful shoulders.

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At the front, the new coupé shares the same styling as the latest C-Class and yet still has its own twist. The front view is dominated by the prominent radiator grille surround including the bumper. The centre air intake opens upwards, forming a visual base unit for the radiator grille which has the double-louvre style typical of a coupé.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Two chrome louvres extend left and right either side of the central star, tapering off at the outer edges and creating a sporty, arrow-shaped horizontal sweep which gives the front end a pronounced V-shape.

This continues into the side sections which extend from beneath the headlamps and blend into the feature lines along the vehicle flanks, thereby linking the front end with the sides.

The side air intakes in the bumper featuring integrated, horizontal daytime running lamps are positioned low down, giving the coupé a road-hugging appearance.

The shape of the clear-lens headlamps creates a dynamic impression, and acts together with the bonnet, radiator grille and bumper trim to reinforce the pronounced front section.

From the rear, the new C-Class Coupé looks sportily short. Because the roof flows beyond the rear axle with the steeply raked rear window and fluid C-pillars, the appearance of length is reduced.

A wide chamfer at the top of the boot lid, which is based on the side panel, highlights the rear’s compactness. Positioning the tail lights as far apart as possible emphasizes width.

The particular impression of depth is achieved by a centrally located LED indicator, which appears to float in front of the red upper and lower light bands with their more deeply set LEDs.

Continuous, horizontal light-catching contours in the bumper further accentuate the broad, deep-set effect. A diffuser towards the bottom of the rear bumper between the exhaust system’s tailpipe trim makes the rear end look lighter and gives the vehicle a distinctively sporty and dynamic quality.

Interior Design

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Interior The dashboard instrument panel features a strong, sporty and high-quality design.

Three tube rings with a galvanized finish demonstrate the car’s sporty credentials to the driver.

As standard, the coupé comes with the new generation of three-spoke steering wheel with its chromed central spoke that first appeared on the new CLS.

The touch surfaces of the controls are finely detailed and galvanized.

The stepped top of the instrument cluster also accommodates the central display and continues onto the front passenger side as a discreet light-catching contour.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe InteriorThe central, trapezoidal air vents and the round vents on the outside are highlighted in detail by galvanized trim.

The control panel of the new-generation communication and information unit has silver-colored keys.

The combination of matt keys, high-gloss areas and a new thumbwheel design underlines the high perceived value of the interior.

A large section of trim is a high-quality part of the dashboard instrument panel.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe InteriorThis extends from the centre air vents across the front passenger side to the outer air vent, emphasizing the interior’s generous proportions.

For the first time in automotive engineering, the trim parts are available in the style package and in a porcelain piano-lacquer look for the Edition 1 to complement the car’s exclusive interior feel.

Alternatively there is a choice of a black piano-lacquer look, nougatine burr walnut wood, dark aluminium or brown ash burl.

The C-Class Coupé is a fully fledged four-seater featuring four sporty, comfortable integral seats. If desired, the backrests in the rear can be folded down to make the boot larger.

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