Spyshots: Mercedes-Benz CLK
The car you see on the spyshot is the next CLK due to be launched in 2009. The German coupé will go a bit more upmarket intending to increase the C-class sales figures from 395,000 vehicles in 2006 to 535,000 annually by 2010.
The CLK shares its inner structure, powertrains, and suspension layout with the C-class saloon, but has unique interior and this time interior styling. The exterior design includes new-look rear wings with large wheelarch, inspired by the F700 concept car.
On the inside, the CLK will replace the current C-Class dashboard by a new dash structure, which takes inspiration from the S-Class. Expect the materials to be of a higher quality than the current generation. The equipment will feature ventilated and heated front seats with an easy-entry system, and a hard-drive equipped sound system.
The next generation CLK will be available with a choice of three petrol engines, the 300bhp 3.5- litre V6 engine, the 354bhp twin-turbo engine and the 428 bhp unit. There will also be two diesel engines with Bluetech technology, a 2-litre with 204 bhp and a 3-litre V6 unit of 252bhp. Along the the three petrol units and the two diesel engines, there will be the range-topping 6.2-litre V8 with 481bhp. All engines will have a seven-speed automatic gearbox, dubbed G7-Tronic, as standard.
There will also be a convertible variant six months later with a cloth roof instead of a fully automatic collapsible system.