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2011-01-10 08:46

CLK OR CLC REPLACEMENT?: This is Mercedes-Benz’s new C-Class coupe, featuring the best of the updated C-Class sedan’s styling and the promise of serious AMG addled pace.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model C-Class coupe
Engine 3-, 3.5l V6
Power 198kW, 222kW
Mercedes-Benz’s new C-Class coupe will be an awful lot more performance oriented than its predecessors.

The company’s entry-level two-door offering currently runs on a rather outdated second-generation C-Class chassis architecture and as a result is not the most accomplished car dynamically.

This is all about to change.

Set for an early March 2011 reveal at the Geneva auto show, this third-generation C-Class coupe shares styling and chassis tweaks similar to the C-Class four-door facelift, debuting at January's Detroit auto show.

As a whole the design is a generic evolution of the C-Class architecture, with the rear third a huge improvement over the current CLC's odd, hatchback-like styling.

The CLS-inspired quad-illumination front headlights work well with the C-Class proportions and the new coupe looks very much like a slightly smaller CLK - which is the whole idea.

Unfortunately the new C-Class coupe will not inherit the CLK’s trademark pillarless side-glass cabin profile, a styling feature that did much to enhance the elegance of the CLK's design.

CLC Black Series?

Expected engine options for the new C-Class coupe are 198kW worth of 3-litre V6 and a 3.5-litre producing 222kW.

Interestingly, German sources reveal the new C-Class coupe will take over the position of entry-level two-door AMG vacated by its discontinued larger sibling, the CLK hardtop.

This could see a 4.7-litre V8 bi-turbo producing 320kW, shifting via a seven-speed MCT transmission, gunning straight for the M3 coupe.

There is talk of an even more performance-biased Black Series variant too, the latter of course, ironically, being the last evolution of the erstwhile CLK 63 AMG. Likely engine candidate for the C-Class Black Series coupe will be AMG's 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 in 420kW trim. 

All details will be confirmed by the first week of March, when the new Mercedes-Benz two-door goes on show in Geneva.

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