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Click above for more rejected renderings of the Mercedes-Benz CLC

Mercedes-Benz took the easy route when it comes to making its current CLC, using the previous C-Class coupe as a starting point instead of engineering a new entry-level model from the latest C-Class platform. That may be about to change, as CAR is reporting that MB will introduce a proper C-Class coupe to replace the CLC. The new model will ditch the cut-off hind-end of the current car, which isn't quite as pretty as its competition from Audi and BMW. A soft-top convertible is expected to follow a few months after the new 2010 C-Class coupe is introduced.

Moving up the Mercedes line, a new E-Class coupe is also in the works to offer a direct competitor to the Audi A5. We wonder if a "shooting brake" style hatchback could be offered as well. In any case, the two-door will lose its CLK nomenclature in favor of being known simply as a coupe. Also dead is the CL moniker, which will be replaced with an S-Class coupe. In addition to the expected gasoline and diesel-powered models, hybrids are expected to be offered across the entire Mercedes-Benz range in an effort to lower fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

[Source: CAR]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that rear glass/window cut ala Nissan GT-R?
      The German are taking Japanese styling cues...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm Mercedes wants to make a C-class coupe and an E-class coupe to compete with the A5. I see Audi is missing an A4 coupe, and BMW is missing a 5-series coupe if they all want to have cars that directly compete with each other.
      • 6 Years Ago
      CLC = FAIL.

      clamshell GTR-ripoff roof = fail.

      Recent mercedes design = fail.
      • 6 Years Ago
      108-112+ inch wheelbase,3600-4200lbs? No, that's the new compact I guess. My mistake. Sports coupes are supposed to be as big and heavy as 80's S-class Mercedes' Luxury sedans, as well as brand new E-class luxury sedans with heavy 7-speed automatics.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm just glad that they are making their naming easier. I was having a problem remembering their current alphabet soup.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm all for the changes listed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see a lot of Bentley Continental in that CLC.
        • 6 Years Ago
        puff puff pass, buddy....
        • 6 Years Ago
        the front view at least......
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is certainly an improvement from their older designs I like that the rear end doesnt have it's ass in the air like the previous models, seems to be a throw back of their classic models. Not bad at all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fritz, those cars are hardly "humongous".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mazda meets Nissan
      • 6 Years Ago
      300SL Gullwing is a coupe
      300CE is a coupe
      This crap ??? god only knows, quit calling hatchback, pod things coupes. The CLS, CLC, new CLK, are round jelly-bean creatures. Is it really that hard to make a proper coupe these days? And then when they do, say the A/S5, Camaro, Challenger, Mustang, it's humongous! They should just stop making cars altogether for a while.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the Chrysler Crossfire!!

      Which, of course, itself was based on a Merc.
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