Geneva motor show: Mercedes C-Class Coupe
Mercedes has launched its new C-Class Coupe at the Geneva motor show. Not to be confused with the current CLC coupe, which is based on the last generation C-Class, this new coupe is based on the current C-Class.
It is aimed squarely at the BMW 3 Series Coupe, so it is going to be more upmarket and more expensive than the old CLC. The technical highlight is the range of engines.
Mercedes has been lagging behind Audi and especially BMW when it comes to reducing fuel consumption while maintaining performance, but the C-Class Coupe is a big step forward.
There are three petrol engines (C180, C250 and C350) and two diesel engines (C220 CDI and C250 CDI) - the petrol engines achieve 38 mpg - 43 mpg depending on engine and transmission, while the diesels range from 53 mpg to 64 mpg. The latter is a remarkable figure for quite a substantial premium coupe.
The rest of the car is mechanically almost identical to the C-Class saloon. That suggests the C-Class Coupe will have strong handling and roadholding, if not the level of dynamism to set your heart racing.
To help its sporty credentials, UK cars will feature the AMG sports pack of uprated suspension and steering.
Combined with the Mercedes badge, smooth good looks and excellent economy, this should ensure very healthy demand when the car goes on sale in the summer.