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There is a short new blurb dated August 18 on the M-B Worldwide website about the new C-class sport coupe (formerly known as the C-class compact or hatchback). It will be powered only by 4-cylinders including the 230 Kompressor (197HP), 200 Kompressor (163HP), 180 (129HP), and 220CDI (143HP) engines.
 

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Here's the full text...

Mercedes-Benz Unveils C-Class Sports Coupe<p>Stuttgart, August 18<p><br>Four months following the series launch of the sedan, Mercedes-Benz is unveiling still another model, the C-Class sports coupe. "This car was predestined to come out as a sports coupe", said Jnrgen Hubbert, vice president of Mercedes-Benz automobiles at DaimlerChrysler AG. Modern high-performance four-cylinder engines are available <br>to power the sports coupe. With the 2.3 liter power plant (147 kilowatt/197 horsepower) from the SLK Roadster under its hood, the new C 230 KOMPRESSOR sprints from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in just eight seconds and has a top speed of 240 kilometers per hour. Among the other engine options are the 120 kilowatt/163 horsepower-strong 2 liter engine with mechanical supercharger, the four-cylinder from the C 180 providing 95 kilowatts/129 horsepower and the 2.2 liter CDI diesel with common-rail direct injection developing 105 kilowatts/143 horsepower on just 6.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers driven. <p><p><p><br>
 

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I found this text from AutoExpress UK on the MBWorld.org website

Mercedes Sports Coupe<br>When is a hatchback not a hatchback? When it's a Mercedes Sports Coupe. The three-pointed star finds itself stuck to the rump of the firm's first true hatchback - a serious challenger to the likes of Volkswagen's hugely successful Golf and Audi's acclaimed A3.<br>But this is no ordinary hatchback. Instead, the C-Class Sports Coupe is being marketed as a dynamic, exciting yet practical car to appeal to younger, more fashionable buyers than the firm's slightly staid saloons. Revealed officially this week and getting its first airing at next month's Paris Motor Show, the Sports Coupe will go on sale in the UK early next year. What's more, it will be more affordable than the latest C-Class on which it is based, with a starting price that is sub-ú15,000. Effectively a little brother to the C-Class saloon and a more conventional, if dearer, alternative to the A-Class, it opens up another avenue for Mercedes-Benz ownership. <p>Professor Jurgen Hubbert, the head of Mercedes' passenger car division, announced the newcomer, saying: 'As a two-door car, the Sports Coupe confirms the dynamic and progressive nature of the C-Class, while its youthful appearance sets new trends for sporty, exciting driving.' And emphasising that message is a stunning 197bhp performance flagship, set to become one of the hottest hatches around. <p>But it's the novel look which will cause the greatest stir. Mercedes stylists have deliberately steered away from a squared-off rear, instead opting to pen a scaled-down version of the CLK coupe. Judging by this official photo, it's a smart move: the Sports Coupe looks more lithe and coherent than we'd expected after spyshots of disguised prototypes. Notable aspects include the tail's kicked-up lip, which is claimed to deliver 'powerful downforce' to the rear axle, enhancing both stability and handling. And the see-through lower glass panel at the back adds a practical aspect, improving visibility.<p>A novel touch is the optional full-length glass sunroof, designed to create a welcome feeling of space and light as well as letting in fresh air and sunshine. The panel stretches back from the windscreen down to the bottom of the boot and, at the touch of a button, the front half glides back to create an opening which is nearly a third bigger than a regular sunroof. Two electrically operated roller blinds keep the cabin cool when the sun is out. <p>The dashboard has basically been lifted straight out of the four-door, although new silver-coloured trim has been added to give the Sports Coupe a younger image. Safety features have been carried over from the saloon as well, with electronically controlled airbags to protect occupants in front, side and roll-over accidents. An ESP anti-skid system will be standard on all models. Other options include a voice-activated telephone, a TV and satellite navigation, making the Sports Coupe the most sophisticated car in its class.<p>Despite its more compact dimensions, the two-door car is said to still have room for four adults, although space is tighter than in the saloon. Luggage capacity can be expanded by folding down the 50/50 split rear seats, increasing the loadspace to a maximum of 1,100 litres.<p>The basic chassis layout is the same as the saloon, but the suspension has been lowered by 10mm to give a sportier look and ride. The coupe's length is 183mm shorter than the saloon, and the swooping roofline knocks 20mm off its sibling's height.<p>Those after an even sportier image can opt for the 'Evolution' package, which adds 17-inch alloy wheels with wider 225/40 tyres, even lower suspension and a sport steering wheel.<p>Unlike its four-door big brother, though, the Sports Coupe is powered solely by four-cylinder engines; entry-level models will have a 129bhp 2.0-litre petrol variant - the only normally aspirated powerplant in the range. Next up are two supercharged Kompressor units from the SLK: a 163bhp 2.0-litre and the range-topping 2.3-litre with 197bhp. Performance will be competitive rather than stunning, with the top 2.3 reaching 60mph in a fraction under eight seconds and going on to a top speed of 150mph.<p>Oil-burner fans will be pleased to hear that, as with the saloon, there will be a 2.2-litre turbodiesel available. The acclaimed CDi unit features common-rail direct- injection, and Mercedes says it will return an average consumption of 45mpg. <p>Expect some more exciting engines to arrive later in the car's life, though. Mercedes-Benz UK is pushing for a hot version, which it sees as essential to give the whole range a sportier image. And V6 powerplants haven't been ruled out, although the Sports Coupe is unlikely to be fitted with the hot AMG-tuned 3.2-litre supercharged engine that is destined for the top version of the saloon. All variants will be available with a new type of automated manual gearbox, called Sequentronic. Similar to the systems seen on the Alfa 156 Selespeed and BMW's SMG, the six-speed transmission changes gear mechanically, with the driver shifting through ratios by tapping the gearlever back and forth. There is also an automatic mode for use in town, with electronics making decisions for you. <p>Mercedes doesn't want us to think of its new hatchback as a cheaper alternative to the C-Class saloon, but rather as the baby in its coupe range. It certainly looks the part and, with major components borrowed from the latest C-Class, it should drive well too. The interior also gets a youthful look and, despite the relatively low price we expect, it will be packed with technology and safety features. Performance will be reasonable, too, and hotter models are in the pipeline. If you can't quite stretch to a CLK, the Sports Coupe could be the answer. <p>At a glance<p>*Two-door hatch version of C-Class, due in UK next spring<p>*Powered by 2.0-litre normally aspirated, 2.0-litre Kompressor or 2.3-litre Kompressor petrol engines, or 2.2-litre CDi TD<p>*Options include full-length sunroof and voice-activated phone<p>*More sporting bias than saloon, with lowered suspension nRival to Audi A3, top VW Golfs and BMW 3-Series Compact <p>
 

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I also found this...

on the MB Netherlands site. Unfortunately I can't read it, but it has some excellent pics. Also, does anybody know if/when the C-coupe will debut in the US.
 

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I think Autoweek had something last week...

Unfortunately, I'm in Germany right now and my Autoweek magazines are delivered to my home in Phoenix, so I haven't read it.
 

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C-class sportcoupe in the U.S.

Several months ago the magazines were reporting that the c-class compact (as it was dubbed back then) would come to the U.S. I haven't read anything different recently. The earliest it could possibly appear is in the fall of 2001 as a '02 model.<br>
 
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