2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The new two-door companion to the C-Class sedan arrives in U.S. showrooms in September.
- U.S. variants include the 302-horsepower C350 and 201-hp C250.
- Mercedes-Benz says it is "consciously targeting new customers" with the four-passenger C-Class coupe.
GENEVA — Mercedes-Benz at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show will introduce its new C-Class Coupe, a two-door companion to the recently face-lifted C-Class sedan. The 2012 C250 and C250 coupes will arrive in U.S. showrooms in September.
The automaker confirmed nearly a year ago that it planned to offer the coupe in 2011. Unofficial images of the car leaked earlier this year on several European Web sites well ahead of the coupe's Geneva launch.
In a press release accompanying the official release of the C-Class Coupe, Mercedes-Benz said it is "consciously targeting new customers" with the four-passenger two-door, which shares much of the sedan's front-end sheet metal, but sits 1.5 inches lower and features more aggressive styling cues.
The only two U.S. models initially will be the C250, which has a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, and the C350, which is fitted with a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6. The two direct-injection gasoline engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The C250 makes 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet, with a 0-60 acceleration time of 7.1 seconds. EPA combined city/highway fuel economy is estimated at 24 mpg.
The C350 delivers 302 hp and 273 lb-ft, and sprints from zero to 60 in 5.8 seconds, with a combined EPA rating of 22 mpg.
The C-Class Coupes come with a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel and paddle shifters. The C250 gets aluminum trim, while C350 buyers can choose between standard burl walnut or optional ash olive matte.
Both cars also feature updated telematics, with Sirius weather, Google maps, Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB interface in the center armrest.
Available hardware include adaptive high-beam assist, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot assist, attention assist, parktronic with parking guidance and bi-xenon headlamps with active curve illumination.
Edmunds.com says: Mercedes-Benz manages to squeeze considerable juice from its new direct-injected turbo four. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent