• Mar 1, 2011
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

The current Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe may be too large to rightfully compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A5, but the Silver Arrow is rectifying that with the new-for-2012 C-Class Coupe – a revival of the old CLK, if you will.

Aside from the slightly lower roofline and the removal of two doors, the C Coupe is exactly like its newly redesigned sedan brethren. There are three powertrains on tap, including a new 201-horsepower 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four in the C250 and the direct-injected, 304-hp V6 in the range-topping C350. Well, range-topping for now – the sure-to-be-badass C63 AMG Coupe is set to debut in the very near future. Yeah, we're salivating.

Still, the more pedestrian C-Class Coupe will make up the vast majority of sales, and we're glad to see a modern-day CLK in production once again. Scroll through our gallery of high-res shots below and take it all in, then hop the jump for a trailer of Benz's new 'Drive and Seek' mini-movie starring the new E-Coupe and some rather attractive bank robbing women...




Live photos copyright ©2011 Steven J. Ewing / AOL



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      • 3 Years Ago
      In some ways, I supposed it's similar to the old CLK, but the lack of pillarless styling really hurts its look and prestige. The rigid B pillar makes it much less of a successor to the CLK and more of an updated CLC or Sporthatch or whatever the USA's entry level model was called. It looks too much like an Accord coupe too. Why did Mercedes use that "Hoffmeister Kink" in it's greenhouse? Every other MB has a beautifully arching window line.
        • 3 Years Ago
        While pillarless has a styling advantage, having a pillar has more advantages:

        Stronger structure, both side and roof
        Windows seal properly and don't rattle
        Harder to break in to the car
        Better seat belt anchor
        Better sealing and less wind noise
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that a six-speed manual transmission? Thank you Merc.
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow...filmed it in kuala lumpur malaysia ! Cool...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Mercedes and I am a huge fan, but is it just me or does this new C-Class Coupe look a little bland? I think so.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought the E-Class Coupe was the CLK replacement?
      • 3 Years Ago
      The "old" CLK AMG from 2001 still looks better. How can 10 years go by and Mercedes do worse with such an easy design to more forward with?

      http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2657303/2001-mercedes-benz-clk-class
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does it kinda look like the Honda Accord Coupe?
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's not just you. I got the very same impression since the pictures started lo leak out...
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Honda may even be a little better looking since it doesn't look like the sedan minus rear doors and was actually designed to look like a coupe

        That thing will make one UGLY convertible if they go that route as well
        • 3 Years Ago
        Honda Accord was the first thing that popped into my head
        • 3 Years Ago
        don't forget the character line on the sides. pure accord coupe.

        still, the accord coupe is good looking, and so is this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh, I would be pissed if I was paying the salary of the Benz designer. They could have just gone to Tokyo Jr. High.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...and another new Mercedes with panel gaps as wide as the Grand Canyon. What happened to fit and finish?
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think it looks amazing, doesn't look like an accord coupe at all. is sthn wrong with me?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a tasty treat..
      It's such a good time to be an auto enthusiast! So many great cars are currently out or are right around the corner.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog missed it. The The current E-Class coupe is a CLK in all but name. The new C Coupe is more like the old C124 300CE from the 80's and early 90's. An elegant, almost 2-door sedan like vehicle.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad it's not a 2 door hard top in the grand Mercedes coupe tradition.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @flounder, there is also an E-Class Coupe with a fixed hardtop, not just the cabriolet. Pillarless design is expensive, and the new C Coupe will be priced similarly to a C Sedan, quite a bit below the price of the E Coupe.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That will be the E-Class Cabriolet. As it is, the E-Class coupe is really a C-Class underneath. So kind of odd one platform gets 2 coupes and the higher end one is a cabriolet. I'd aslo assume the hardtop is reserved for the SLK.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, reply was actually to CarCrazed. :)
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