U.S. version of the new sports coupe will come with the 2.3-liter
supercharged engine that powers the popular SLK roadster, and the new
model is expected to be priced under $30,000 when it arrives in the
States next year. "The name sports coupe really sums up what this
fascinating car is all about," said Professor Juergen Hubbert,
Board Member of DaimlerChrysler AGresponsible for the Mercedes-Benz
Passenger Car Division. "As a two-door car, it underlines the
dynamic and progressive nature of the C-Class particularly clearly,
while its youthful appearance sets new trends for sporty, exciting
driving with the high standards of engineering typical of
new sports coupe can be distinguished by its high rear end with an
integrated spoiler (that provides aerodynamic downforce for extra
stability at cruising speeds) and a tinted panel between the rear
lights. In addition, a three-pointed star in the grill clearly
identifies the two-door coupe as one of the sportier members of the
and Lower Than the C-Class Sedan
C-Class sports coupe is over seven inches shorter than its sedan
sibling, and the coupe is about a half inch lower as well.
However, legroom, headroom, and elbowroom, as well as the
adjustment range of the seats, are nearly as generous as in the sedan.
The driver and front passenger have contoured sports seats with
extra lateral support, while the two rear seats are asymmetrically
divided and can be folded forward either individually or together, to
increase cargo volume to [convert] 1100 liters. Low liftover height
makes easy work of loading this spacious luggage area.
sporty styling of the cockpit is accented by high-quality aluminum trim
and a three-spoke steering wheel with illuminated control buttons for
the car radio, telephone and other functions.
Between the Taillights And in the Roof
panel between the taillights doubles as a window, giving the driver
extra visibility to the rear, which is especially helpful when parking.
The new sports coupe will also be available with an optional panorama
sliding sunroof. From the front windshield to the rear spoiler, nearly
everything is glass.
press a button, and the front half of the roof glides over the rear,
leaving a roof opening that is about a third larger than a conventional
sunroof. And because the
front part of the panorama sunroof slides over the outside of the car,
it doesn't reduce headroom. Two
electrically operated roller blinds on the inside shade the interior
from the sun when the roof is closed.
the technical innovations that will make the new C-Class sedan such a
trendsetter in the U.S. have also found their way into the sports coupe
-- everything from curtain side airbags and the ESP stability system to
the optional COMAND integrated display with GPS navigation and an
enhanced Tele Aid system.