Mercedes Benz will go head to head with their German rivals in an attempt to steal a share of the entry level luxury youth market from new car shoppers looking to buy a BMW 1-Series with their new C-Class Coupe for 2011. With a hindquarter that closely resembles that of a CTS Coupe, this smaller C-Class is to the future as the old C230 Kompressor was to the recent past, a premium compact with sporty looks that adds another rung to the bottom of the Mercedes Benz ownership ladder. This move should come as no surprise considering what the German automaker has done with their all new E-Class lineup, turning the full size sedan into everything from a two door cabriolet to a fire breathing factory tuned AMG version.
So don’t be surprised if you start to see the C in a few more shapes and sizes. What we do know is that under the hood, the C-Class Coupe will be offered with the same direct injected 3.5 Liter V6 engines that the standard car comes with, and much like the use of forced induction with the supercharged smaller displacement motor in the Kompressor, there will also be a twin turbocharged unit making around 300 HP with a lot less displacement. No words yet on the AMG version, but if Mercedes is keen on the idea of downsizing, expect the hand built 6.2 Liter motor to give way to a 5.5 Liter twin turbocharged V8 engine.