A new dimension
02 August 2011 | The Citizen
The new Mercedes Benz C-Class coupé adds a whole new dimension to the medium sized Merc range.
Typical coupé features include the short front overhang, long bonnet, steeply raked windscreen and long, stretched-out roof.
The design of the C-Class Coupé extends far beyond the rear axle over the low-raked rear window to a sportily short tail end. At the front, the new coupé shares the same styling as the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and yet still has its own twist.
The radiator grille has the double-louvre style typical of a coupé. 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 at the front end.
A highlight in the interior is the coupé seats with integral head restraints and single seats in the rear.
The dashboard reveals a strong, sporty and high-quality design including three tube rings with a galvanised finish. A large section of trim is a high-quality part of the dashboard instrument panel.
This extends from the centre air vents across the front passenger side to the outer air vent, emphasising the interior’s generous proportions. For the first time in automotive engineering, the trim parts are available in a porcelain piano- lacquer look, so complementing the car’s exclusive interior feel.
The piano-lacquer look is available in conjunction with the style package or the Edition 1.
There is a choice of three petrol and one diesel engine to power the C-Class Coupé. All are equipped with direct injection and the diesel variant is equipped with ECO start/stop function as standard.
The BlueEFFICIENCY designation indicates that they are more efficient in their use of fuel. All automatic versions feature the further-enhanced 7G-tronic plus seven-speed automatic transmission.
The range of engines for the C-Class Coupé at a glance:
- The C 250 CDI BE produces 150kW and 500Nm and could return as little as 5,3l/100km say Merc.
- The C 180 BE makes 115kW and 250Nm using 6,8l/100km
- The C 250 BE makes 150kW and 310Nm while being able to run at 7l/100km.
- The V6 C 350 BE pushes out 225kW and 370Nm for the same fuel return of 7,0l/100km.
The “agility control” suspension, which is standard equipment and has a sporty configuration, complements the dynamic engines to perfection.
This is based on an amplitude-dependent damping system.
When driving normally with low shock absorber impulses, the damping forces are automatically reduced for improvement in road roar and tyre vibration characteristics.
When shock absorber impulses are greater, for example when cornering at speed or performing evasive manoeuvres, the maximum damping forces are set and the car is effectively stabilised.
The suspension is complemented by a rack-and-pinion steering system. Speed-sensitive steering with variable centring and a constant steering ratio is available as an option.
In addition to the “agility control” suspension as standard, there is an optional extra on the coupé.
This is in the form of a 15 mm lower sports suspension with harder, shorter springs, tauter shock absorbers and stronger torsion bars. Speed-sensitive steering is also included.
With nine airbags as standard, belt tensioners and belt-force limiters for all seats, the C-Class Coupé has extensive safety features.
The airbags include front airbags for the driver and front passenger, a kneebag on the driver’s side, sidebags and pelvis bags in the front, and window bags for the driver and front and rear passengers.
With a number of driving assistance systems – ranging from the standard attention assist to the optional distronic plus – the coupé provides a comprehensive level of driver support and protection.
The assistance systems are based on the latest radar, camera and sensor technology, and cover frequent accident causes like driving too closely, fatigue and darkness.
As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the new C-Class Coupé comes standard with the MobiloDrive 6 years/120 000 km maintenance contract and a two-year unlimited km full vehicle warranty.
The new C-Class Coupé completes the best-selling model series from Mercedes-Benz and retails at: C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY R 394 000; C 250 BlueEFFICIENCY R 494 000; C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY R 495 000; C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY R 590 000.
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