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New Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class Sports Coupé - (Australia)

August 11th, 2008
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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a stand-alone model series in the guise of the new CLC, the compelling entry-level model in the Mercedes-Benz coupé family. The Sports Coupé's design, technology and equipment meet the discerning requirements of young drivers looking for an athletic car that gives an involving drive, while at the same time delivering the hallmark Mercedes quality standards in terms of safety, comfort, environmental compatibility and functionality. Compared with the previous Sports Coupé, the Mercedes engineers have newly developed or enhanced over 1100 components. Engineering highlights of the CLC include a new direct-steer system for even more agile cornering, state-of-the-art infotainment systems featuring a colour display, DVD-based navigation and media interface, as well as an uprated four-cylinder engine that now develops 135 kW. Fuel consumption has been reduced by up to seven percent compared with the outgoing model.

The compact body dimensions and the muscular lines emphasise the sporty appearance of the new CLC. The Mercedes designers have completely redesigned the front and rear so that the Sports Coupé embodies the contemporary Mercedes design idiom with its distinctive coupé radiator grille featuring a large Mercedes star in the centre, and the new projection-beam headlamps.

The luxurious S-Class saloon, the stunning CL-Class Coupé and the award-winning C-Class provided the stylistic cues for this new coupé model.

The redesigned large tailgate conceals a variable boot with up to 1100 litres of luggage capacity. The new tail lights, the long row of LEDs which make up the third brake light unit and the rear bumper subdivide the rear and emphasise its width.

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz CLC is akin to a contemporary tailor-made suit - custom-fit and comfortable. Sports seats with better lateral support than ever, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control and brushed aluminium trim elements form part of the standard specification.

For the standard model, a choice of ARTICO/fabric upholstery combinations in black, alpaca grey and a particularly stylish combination of black and red are available to give the interior its individual colour scheme.

CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR EVOLUTION and EVOLUTION + with new direct-steer system and 17-inch wheels

Mercedes-Benz has put together two special design and equipment lines for drivers seeking additional sporting flair. They include exclusive engineering innovations and equipment extras such as uniquely-designed 17-inch light-alloy wheels, wide-base tyres, bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light function and headlamp cleaning system. Another special feature which the CLC inherits from its racing car counterparts is the instrument cluster with red needles for the speedometer and rev counter. Once the engine is switched on, these needles spin once around the dial before returning to their start positions.

The standard specification for both the EVOLUTION and EVOLUTION + packages includes a new direct-steer system, which further enhances the agile driving experience of the CLC while adding an important boost to safety. This new feature is based on the speed-sensitive power steering and also offers a variable rack ratio which changes as a function of the steering angle so that the driver only has to turn the wheel slightly when cornering; the Sports Coupé therefore responds far more spontaneously to steering commands and offers even sportier handling. As a result, the direct-steer system also improves handling safety in critical situations - for instance when taking sudden evasive action - as the field tests conducted by the Mercedes engineers demonstrate.

Engines: fuel consumption reduced by seven percent

Mercedes-Benz offers its popular and proven supercharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the new CLC. This 135 kW powerplant in the CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR now develops an extra 15 kW (compared to the previous-generation C-Class Sports Coupé ) while consuming just 8.4 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres (fitted with automatic transmission, according to ADR 81/01) - the equivalent of up to 0.6 litres less than before. The combined cycle fuel consumption figure for the CLC KOMPRESSOR fitted with a manual transmission is 7.8-litres per 100km travelled (according to ADR 81/01), a reduction of more than 10 percent over the previous-generation C-Class Sports Coupé.

A five-speed automatic transmission is fitted as standard equipment. Mercedes-Benz can also supply a six-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option. In combination with the EVOLUTION and EVOLUTION + packages, the driver can use gearshift paddles on the steering wheel to manually select the gears of the automatic transmission and make optimum use of the engine’s power reserves when the driving situation calls for it.

Success story: Sports Coupé with extensive conquest potential

The new CLC is the successor to a successful Mercedes model, one which has been the choice of some 320,000 drivers around the world since 2001.

The majority of these people were new Mercedes customers.

Its high conquest rate of some 70 percent made the Sports Coupé one of the most successful models in the Mercedes strategic product initiative. With the help of a compelling two-door model, the Stuttgart-based car maker has managed to fire customers' imagination over the long term. Over 40 percent of buyers opted for a larger Mercedes model after the Sports Coupé and are currently driving an E-Class, CLK coupé or cabriolet or an SLK roadster.

Thanks to its sophisticated design, high-quality equipment and appointments, and enhanced technology, the new Mercedes-Benz CLC offers even more conquest potential than its predecessor.

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