The 2012 C-class coupe will take its place as the entry level Mercedes Benz coupe. If you aren't aware, the CLK series was replaced by the E-class coupe and a gap has appeared in the Mercedes Benz line-up. Hence the C-class coupe.
The car is basically the C-class front end and a coupe rear. Everything from the A pillar/dashboard rearwards is new. However the design isn't as slick as the E-class coupe or like the CLK series of cars due to the fact that the car does not have the pillerless or no B-pillar look of the E-class and even the CLK-class. I suppose being the 'entry level' coupe, Mercedes did not want to make things too complicated by spending more time designing wind-proof door sills or spend too much on high tensile steel (in order to make the structure stiffer even without a B-pillar).
It looks like a tasteful little coupe, much like the last generation CLK. From the looks of things the new C-class coupe will sell. Entry level cars ensure new customers the the marque and being a Mercedes Benz, there are many who aspire to own one (especially the 'towkays' in our region).
No details about engine choices as yet but expect the usual 1.8liter turbocharged 4 cylinder and a range of petrol and diesel engines that should end with the new 5.5liter twin turbocharged v8 in the stomping AMG version.