CLC-Class 2008
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CLC joins the Mercedes-Benz Coupé family

The Mercedes-Benz Coupé family is more youthful, more attractive and more innovative than ever before with the debut of the new CLC-Class Coupé. The CLC is the new youngster in the Mercedes range, the compelling entry-level model in the Mercedes-Benz Coupé family. Engineering highlights of the CLC include a new direct-steer system for even more agile cornering, state-of-the-art infotainment systems featuring Europe-wide DVD or hard-disc navigation, as well as an uprated four-cylinder engine that now develops 184 hp. Fuel consumption has been improved by up to 12.2 percent compared with the outgoing model.

Coupés have always been very special cars. Especially Mercedes coupés - the epitome of elegance and exclusivity in automobile design. In essence, they represent the ultimate in refinement. No other car brand has such a proud coupé traditionand no other car brand offers such a compelling and versatile coupé family as Mercedes-Benz.

The CLC is the new "youngster" in the Mercedes Coupé family. It shares some of the family's unmistakable features, yet retains its very own personality with its powerful proportions and striking rear end, which sets the tone with its youthful vitality and self-assured appearance.

The Mercedes designers have completely redesigned the front and rear so that the 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 S-Class, the luxury CL-Class Coupé and the C-Class provided the stylistic models. The redesigned large tailgate conceals a variable boot with up to 1100 litres of luggage capacity. All models also benefit from PARKTRONIC as standard.

The interior of theCLC 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. The interior on the SE model is cloth and Artico man-made leather and is available in a choice of colours including black, alpaca grey and a particularly stylish combination of black and red.

Mercedes-Benz has put together the Sport line for drivers looking for sporting flair. It includes exclusive engineering innovations and equipment extras such as 18-inch light-alloy wheels on low profile tyres, headlamps with black inner surrounds, sports suspension, leather sports steering wheel (with paddleshift gears on the automatic) and dark aluminium trim elements, metallic paint and Artico man-made leather as standard. 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 the Sport 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 CLC 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.

There is also the chance to upgrade from an SE or Sport to the SE Panorama or Sport Panorama models which give you a Panoramic glass sunroof, folding door mirrors, rain sensing wipers, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and automatically dimming rear view mirror and driver’s door mirror all as standard.

The new CLC is available with a choice of four four-cylinder and two six-cylinder engines developing outputs from 122 hp to 272 hp. The 184 hp powerplant in the CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR now develops an extra 21 hp while returning 38.7 mpg (34.9 mpg - auto) on the combined cycle – a 7.0% improvement over the previous model.. In consumption terms, with its advanced turbodiesel engines, both the CLC 200 CDI and CLC 220 CDI achieve over 40.0 mpg: the CLC 200 CDI returns a consumption of 48.7 mpg (42.8 mpg - auto), up by 4.7% over the outgoing model.

The Mercedes engineers have developed a new generation of infotainment units for the CLC, bringing luxury-class cutting-edge technology to the CLC Coupé as of June 2008. Three units are available, offering a superb combination of colour display, twin tuner, speed-sensitive volume control and Bluetooth mobile phone interface. An iPod, USB stick or other external audio devices can now also be connected to the infotainment system via the new universal media interface (optional extra) which links these devices to the on-board electronics and the CLC's control system. The new Audio 50 and COMAND units come with a Europe-wide DVD or hard-disc navigation system. The LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system, an SD slot and 4GB music register are also included with COMAND.

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