With a few exceptions, I’ll admit to not being a fan of Mercedes-Benz’s conservative styling. Sure, it’s refined and it’s aimed to please a certain demographic that I’m no longer part of, but it’s also… boring. The notable exception to me has always been Mercedes’ coupes; for some reason, their lines just make my hormones sit up and beg. Take the new C-Class, for example, which will be debuted at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. It’s good looking from any angle, but I find the side profile to be stunning. It’s as if Mercedes started with a BMW 3 Series Coupe, then told their designers to “fix what was wrong with the car’s lines”.
Mercedes wants you to know it’s not just the car’s exterior that’s been updated. Inside, buyers get a new instrument cluster, new flat-bottomed steering wheel, paddle shifters (so no manual is available), 5.8 inch infotainment display and aluminum or Burl Walnut trim depending upon model. Two new engine choices are available, starting with a direct injection, 1.8 liter four cylinder good for 201 horsepower and 229 ft lb of torque. This engine gives the C250 a top speed of 130 miles per hour, and returns an estimated 24 MPG combined. If you want more power, you’ll need to step up to the C350, which gets a new direct injection, 3.5 liter V6 that makes 302 horsepower and 273 ft lb of torque. EPA estimates aren’t published yet, but Mercedes is claiming a combined fuel economy of 22 MPG.
Mercedes says to expect the new C-Class coupes at dealerships in September, but they’re not telling up pricing just yet. I suspect the C250 will start in the mid-$30k range, with the C350 starting right around $40k. I’ll try and get one for evaluation, but don’t hold your breath waiting for my review. Mercedes automobiles in the Miami press fleet are like Bigfoot; they’re rumored to exist, but I’ve never seen one myself.
Source: Mercedes Benz