Mercedes-Benz will bring the new C250 and C350 Coupes to the marketplace this summer as 2012 models. They will stand side the C250 and C350 sedans and sit as a far-flung replacement to the C230K sport coupe, a model that did okay in Europe but never sold too well in the United States. The C230K was the brand’s least expensive car during its run from 2002–2007. No word on pricing for the new C-Class Coupe but rumors have it costing anywhere from a tad over the C-Class sedan to not too far off from the E-Class Coupe. We anticipate the former.
As you would expect, the C250 and C350 Coupes both share a strong blood relation with the new-for-2012 C-Class sedan. Mercedes-Benz says the coupe styling helps impart a youthful and expressive demeanor to the otherwise vanilla four-door car. Mercedes-Benz calls it a full-fledged four-seater featuring four comfortable-for-adults seats. If so desired, the backrests in the rear can be folded to extend the storage area.
As part of its sporty manner, two engines will be offered. The C250 will carry a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine, offering adequate performance with good fuel economy (Mercedes estimates 24 mpg combined). The C350 sports a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, delivering 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Average combined fuel consumption is estimated at 22 mpg. Both models share a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Like the sedans, the coupes feature a totally revised dashboard with controls whose surfaces are finely detailed and metallic. Aluminum trim is standard on the C250 Coupe, while the C350 Coupe features rich Burl Walnut. Unique Ash Olive Matte Wood Trim is optionally available. The dashboard also houses a standard 5.8-inch display