• Jan 4, 2010
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After the resounding sales flop of the Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor hatchback, you'd be forgiven for assuming M-B wouldn't want to toe the entry-level waters any time soon. According to Inside Line, though, the success BMW has had with the 1 Series Coupe has prompted Mercedes to rethink a new two-door version of its latest C-Class.

The discontinuation of the CLK and the emergence of a new, larger E-Class Coupe means that there's space in Mercedes' lineup for a smaller, entry model that would do battle with the aforementioned BMW 1 Series as well as the slightly larger 3 Series and Infiniti G37.

Naturally, we can expect a couple of DOHC V6 powerplants, in this case utilizing direct injection for added power and reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Interestingly, reports indicate that we may also see a smaller V6 with twin turbochargers designed to battle the 300-horsepower BMW 135i. A naturally aspirated V6 may also be offered as a hybrid.

Finally, what Mercedes-Benz wouldn't be complete without an AMG version to spice things up a bit? Not this one, as a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 is likely on the menu along with the expected suspension and braking upgrades. We'll know how much of this is fact and how much is rumor sometime in 2011, which is when the C-Class Coupe is expected to hit the market.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Id love to own a C class coupe.

      I hope this is true, that way the E class coupe can take on the 6 series and cars alike and this new C class coupe can take on the 3 series coupe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      are they really calling this a coupe? wow. this one doesn't even have coupe-like proportions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why? The 190E was a great car...?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd happily buy a C350 over anything else in its class if it came with a proper transmission. Some of us actually like to row our own gears MB...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Level,

        Well, it is for MB, but not for all automakers.
        It's certainly not for performance-oriented BMW. You can still get a 535i in row-it-yourself form, and that's the only way I'd take one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's not Mercedes' market. It's barely Audi's market anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah it's kinda of a contradiction to have a high tech luxury car with a manual...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The C230, the 190E and the Cadillac Cimmaron should be banned from automotive history forever...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would it really be that difficult for MB to just make a svelte 2 door shape evolution of the sedan? I mean it works beautifully for the Bimmer 3 series.

      Come to think, why do the Germans make coupe designing so difficult? You'd think it would be as easy as making a refined two door shape to hug the sedan platform (read: 3 series coupe)... but instead they insist on making it something completely different - with wildly varied results.

      Audi A5? Gorgeous. BMW 6? ungainly. MB E Coupe? Ugly. Old CLK? handsome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hello. What about the B-Class as M-B's entry level model? (at least it is in Canada)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yet another reason the E-Class coupe is a ridiculous waste of money?
      • 5 Years Ago
      isnt the E class coupe already base on the underpinnings of the C class? I was at the M-B dealer the other day and the new E-Class coupe is just about the size of the C Class sedan pretty much still smaller then an E Class sedan...makes no sense unless they plan on making it even smaller...The funny thing about M-B they can't price cars under 30K or people won't buy it lol, it messes with the status quo...that's why the old one failed...The rest of the M-B owners thought you were to cheap....
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the largest pile of inane nonsense I've read on AB in a while.

        Obviously you've never drive E and C class. Or any Mercedes at all, for that matter. There's a HUGE difference between these cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nuieve 4:36PM (1/04/2010)

        That's the largest pile of inane nonsense I've read on AB in a while.

        Obviously you've never drive E and C class. Or any Mercedes at all, for that matter. There's a HUGE difference between these cars.


        LOL to correct you I bought a new then 2003 E500..I'm giving my opinion on what I have seen and experience when it came to the old C230 coupe. The car was cheaper to own then the rest of the lineup and when it comes to most M-Benz owners, The reason they buy a Benz is because they don't want the common folks to be able to buy one..It's the separation of classes. Even at the dealer level, the salesmen laughed at a customer wanting to purchase a C230 coupe. It's the same thing that happen with the then BMW 318ti, The guy that dropped 80K large on a 7 series hated the fact a college kid could buy into a cheap 318ti...You think BMW didn't learn their lesson, why do you think the new 1 series cost so much??? It's out of the reach of most common folks and not a great buy for 40K when you could can get a better deal buying a Taurus Sho for that kind of change..keep in mind I never mention anything if those cars were good or not, but the price factor they were in hurt them...
        • 5 Years Ago
        it was also terribly ugly and cheap like the bmw 318ti.

        if you don't have that much money to throw around you'd buy a better looking and equipped car than have the added stigma of getting a piece of junk for the sake of vanity.
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