Rumours suggest new CLK will be based on the C-class

The Mercedes CLK name could be set to return in 2011, this time based on the Mercedes C-class saloon.

According to reports in a French car magazine, the new CLK will fill the gap between the new E-class coupe (which is significantly larger than the old second-generation CLK) and the ageing CLC coupe.

The new Mercedes CLK will be aimed squarely at the lower end of the BMW 3-series coupe range. Aside from losing the rear pair of doors and roughly 100mm in length, the new CLK will be visually very similar to the C-class, with an identical nose and similar rear end treatment.

Mechanically, the CLK will also borrow heavily from the C-class, and will get the same direct-injection petrol-engines soon to go into the saloon, along with stop-start technology and the company’s new 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel first seen in the C250 CDI.

Matt Rigby

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