Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coupe Is Top C-Class; Advertising Feature

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coupe Is Top C-Class; Advertising Feature

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Byline: CHRIS RUSSON

A FEAST of style and performance is on the way for Mercedes' fans with the arrival of two new C-Class models. Sleek and sensuous, the new coupe joins the existing C-Class line up of saloon, estate and convertibles.

And this is a true coupe - not the unconventional approach Mercedes took with the CLC and the previous Sport Coupe. The newcomer is in the same vein as the current crop of Mercedes good lookers which include the new CLS and CL super coupes. On sale in June, the C-Class Coupe will be joined later in the year by a thunderingly potent AMG version which will be capable of 0 to 60mph in less than five seconds.

But while not being quite as quick as the awesome C63 AMG Coupe, the regular models deliver a composed and sporty drive good enough to satisfy anyone who wants a car which looks as good as it can perform. The coupe will be priced from pounds 30,220 making it pounds 1,600 more than the saloon.

There are five models and all will come in AMG Sport trim signalling Mercedes' intention to take on the likes of the Audi A5 and BMW M Sport cars.

Significantly, the entire C-Class Coupe range will fall within an pounds 8,000 bracket with the most expensive version costing from pounds 37,640. That's for the 3.5-litre V6 C350 fitted with a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

The V6 is one of three petrol engines Mercedes will be using in the couple alongside two diesels and all are fitted with economy measures such as stop/start.

The cheapest will be the C180 powered by a 1.8-litre 156bhp petrol engine which is good enough to average more than 40 to the gallon with CO2 emissions of 169g/km.

Most frugal in the coupe line up is the pounds 32,580 C220 diesel which can average almost 65mpg and with emissions reduced to 133g/km it will have big appeal to business drivers.

So will the more powerful C250 diesel which takes the 2.2-litre engine up to 204bhp resulting in very sporty performance with a top speed of almost 150mph, 0 to 60 acceleration at a shade under seven seconds yet still managing a claimed 57mpg on average with CO2 at 139g/km. …

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