• Dec 2, 2010

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mercedes-Benz's retouched C-Class will sprout an all-new coupe version for 2012, and our spy photographers have just captured a nearly production-ready prototype with no camouflage. In addition to the obvious removal of the rear doors, the coupe wears the new C-Class' slightly refreshed front fascia, featuring the quad-foglamp design that is quickly spreading across the entire Mercedes-Benz range. LED running lamps will no doubt be available on higher-end trim levels.

The most robust changes will likely be found inside the C-Class Coupe, where a new interior design will be on hand. We've seen spy shots of the coupe's new innards before, and the design mimics that of the larger E-Class range. Still, the current C-Class interior was beginning to feel a bit outdated, so any freshening is indeed welcomed.

Our spies report that powertrains will be carried over from the 2010 model, meaning we'll get the same pair of 3.0-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines, producing 228 and 268 horsepower, respectively. Will we see a C63 AMG Coupe with the automaker's twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 (or naturally aspirated 6.2-liter mill)? Mum's the word on that one, but consider our fingers crossed.

Judging by how complete this prototype looks (it's likely getting ready for its crash-test closeup), we'd expect to see the 2012 C-Class Coupe make its formal debut in either Detroit or Geneva next year. Scroll through our high-res gallery below to see the naked C Coupe for yourself.

[Source: Brenda Priddy & Company]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      this C-Class coupe looks identical to the sedan chopped off 2 doors.....MB could've put a little more work into differentiating the coupe apart from the sedan, for instance, the G37 coupe/sedan as well as a 3 series coupe/sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a huge departure from Mercedes angular lines that dominate the lineup.

      The C-class coupe is too soft, too round and will probably stick out like a face pimple. I am all for a C-class coupe... just not this one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ugly they got the pep boys double fog light setup as in the E-class
      • 4 Years Ago
      The whole thing seems pretty sedate and a bit boring, actually. The E-class coupe has more going on, aesthetically,

      Why buy a boring looking coupe? It is not as though you have to sacrifice looks for an abundance of practicality.

      If you want sedate, safe aesthetics, why not buy a sedan or CUV?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think a major part of that is the E-Class coupe's hardtop design. In my eyes, if it has a B-pillar, it isn't a Mercedes-Benz coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Completely agree. If I am going to give up back doors, it will be for a vehicle that either does not have a back seat, or is just so sexy that it warrants the reduced practicality of not having back doors. The C-Class happens to be a case in which (in my opinion) the sedan looks better, so the only advantage would be... reduced practicality? Which I guess is great if you want to discourage passengers from riding in your back seat?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or you can order yourself a barabus E coupe 0 to 60 in 4.1 look it up ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. MB could have done a better job. A bit more of an aggressive look would have gone a long way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm -
      So this is what happens when you bolt a C-Class nose clip onto a 2008-2011 Ford Focus Coupe...
      ...no wonder those guys are running around the car waving their arms and looking confused.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The sheer dimensions of this thing is more along the lines of a Ford Taurus coupe. It's so huge! Ew! Especially the rear quarter panel expanse and the height of the hood/front fenders..Looks like the Hindenburg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree about the quad fog lamp?

      See Cadillac, this is how you produce a coupe without trying to hard.

      The "kick-up" in the rear quarter window just makes it look like a BMW product in the roof line. BMW just owns that kick-up. Everybody else needs to just design around that. Or if you use a "kick-up", design it to where it does'nt look BMW-ish. Otherwise it looks pretty good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hoffmeister kink? I'm further impressed. It's just not an arbitrary design. The design cue actually has heritage or substance (if you will).

        To all the car companies out there: Leave the Hoffmeister kink alone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see more accord coupe on the side profile than BMW
        BMWs kink is slightly different, but this is a ded ringer for the current Accord Coupe

        and that is a shame
        I was expecting a bit more excitement

        no reason to get this ove a G37 coupe per say or a 3-series

        and after driving a CTS AWD base last night - I will never want that car again. terible ergonomics, could not find the right position for my legs and the numb slow to respons steering combined with the mushy suspension made for a very bad ride. in fact I got dizzy, like I had been on a boat, for 2 hrs after that drive.

        I will go back to test drive the FE3 suspensin adn updated steering but I have 0 hope that it iwll make me want that car back

        that was the sinlge most let down I have ever felt on a test drive, ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is not a Hoffmeister kink. The BMW styling cue (not really exclusive to them but they were smart enough to give it a name and stick with it as a design signature) has a radius at the rearmost point, so it essentially sweeps over the windows, curves back and lands onto a straight beltline in a sharp, or nearly sharp point.

        The C-Class coupe just has an upswept beltline. And while it does resemble the upsweep on the Accord coupe, what's really unsuccessful about the flourish is that it doesn't relate to anything. It doesn't align to the decklid height or rear window, it doesn't call to mind any previous MB coupe (which, if you compare from the 1960s to the present, don't really have a signature shape...remember the squared-off W114 280C?), and it doesn't reflect any other styling cue on the car, though maybe in final production form it will at least play nicely with the corner treatment of the taillight.

        The purpose of this car is to have a lower-cost coupe below the E-Class, whose pillarless design is expensive. It would have been nice to see frameless door glass, as on the C208 (first-gen CLK), which managed to divert attention away from its full B-pillar and fixed rear quarter glass (the A5 and 3-series coupes both have frameless front windows). Since the rear window in this car doesn't need to move, it could have had virtually any shape. I don't know what inspired this one, but it doesn't seem to come from anywhere in MB's history, past or recent.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its called a hoffmeister kink
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice orange.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The entire car looks alright, until you reach the last 1/4 of it's sheet metal... It suffers from the same problem as the Cadillac CTS coupe, there is just waaaay too much sheet metal above the rear wheel of course the CTS coupe does a better job making that a design element, on the merc it makes the rear look really fat and comical. The droopy low bumper placed C-Class tail lights dont help either, sorry but in my opinion the cars design is hit-and-miss hopefully it's driving dynamics are sporty enough to make up for the design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take an Infiniti G37 coupe of that piece of Mercedes donkey poo any day!
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as the M156 powers the C63 I've got no complaints.
      • 4 Years Ago

      The only interesting thing is MB using BMW's hoffmeister kink in one of their cars for the first time in history.

      At least they could have done it in a better cause...
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