• Dec 30th 2007 at 10:04AM
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If this is an accurate depiction of the 2009 Mercedes CLK, all we can say is, well, we're disappointed. Not because it's a bad looking car, because it isn't. But was it Aston Martin or VW that started this trend of creating the same car in different sizes? If it was Aston, they've only got three models (for now), and they're playing in a smaller, hand-stitched leather arena, so we'll let them go. But for the mass market folks -- where did design differentiation disappear to?

This could be a much smaller CL. Or a slightly smaller 2-door E-Class. Or a larger, 2-door C-Class. BMW appears to be doing the same thing with the 2009 7-Series, the renderings of which look like a massive and slightly bloated 3-Series. We have no doubt this will sell well, if it is indeed the new CLK, especially as it gives the coupe a much-needed sharpening. The creases do this car a far better service than they do the current S-Class. Still, we wouldn't mind a little more imagination being applied across the drawing boards.

[Source: The Hollywood Extra]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually, I think it was Mercedes that started the trend to make the whole line-up of cars look the same back in the '80s. Remember how the C-class looked exactly like the S-class which copied the new E-class? The all looked like the same 3-box car, just in different sizes.

      I'm not going to say that it was bad, though, I thought they all looked great, and it was unmistakable who was at the top of the game.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lloyd, that's exactly what I was going to say. I think it really started in earnest with the 2001 C-Class, which was a shrunken S-Class, but I could understand that because, of course, why else do you buy a C-Class? But then, in 2003, the E-Class was the exact same thing, just in size BMW5, and I was confused. This is what Mercedes *does*, though!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the current CLK, but this doesn't do as much for me...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Couldnt have said it better!
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks like an accord coupe
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new CL is one of the nicest looking Mercedes in recent years. Talk about street presence. Wow.

      The problem, so to speak, with the CLK is that it tries to be a C-class coupe, an E-class coupe and a mini-CL at the same time. It weakens the positioning of what could be a really terrific product.
      • 7 Years Ago
      to tell you the truth, it looks like a blend of a gs and a c-class with 2 doors cut off. it looks alright but the interior probobly wont (considering the interior on the C). Besides, the new price tag is going to be a major issue and i would still prefer a g37 or a 3 coupe/convertible or a 6-series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The New Mercedes CLK has been completely made over and will make a bi Splash like the Mercedes C-Class did in late 2007 with their 2008 Model. More pictures of the 2009 Mercedes CLK are available at http://MercedesClk.Com
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