CLC to be axed to make way for conventional coupe
16 November 2009

Mercedes is preparing to axe the CLC to make way for a new C-class coupe in 2011, Autocar can reveal.

The C-Class coupe will be the second two-door based on the existing C-class but the first to take its name into production.

Set to go on sale in the UK at the same time as facelifted versions of the existing saloon and estate reach showrooms in early 2011, the new C-class coupe has been conceived to replace the CLK, discontinued earlier this year after 12 years and two model generations.

The introduction of the C-Class coupe spells the end for the CLC, a small sports hatch that was only recently updated. Sources indicated the model will be phased out and will be replaced by the new coupe.

The forthcoming two-door eschews a unique body shell and individual styling that made the CLK such a success for a comparatively upright look that draws heavily on the silhouette and detailing of its four door siblings.

“We went back and studied what made our coupes so popular in the past. If you look at some of the more successful two door models Mercedes-Benz has produced you can see a direct relationship between them and their four door stable mates,” said an insider describing the new coupe’s appearance.

Don’t expect the new Mercedes-Benz to have a very long life, though. With engineering of the fourth-generation C-class already underway at the German car maker’s R&D centre near Stuttgart, the new two door is planned to be sold for a maximum of four years before it is replaced by a much more curvaceous model that’s likely to follow the example of the CLS in boasting a more practical four door layout.

The upcoming C-class coupe will be the second two-door model to be based on today’s C-class. Unlike the E-class coupe, however, the C-class version will not be modified and offered in cabriolet guise.

“We did look at an open top version but in the end the costs were too high given the short model life,” revealed Autocar’s source.

Greg Kable

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16 November 2009

Is this another one of those articles thats not actually true?

The E-Class coupe is essentially a coupe version of the current W204 C-Class. It uses the same platform, and is priced and sized to rival with the BMW 3-Series coupe and Audi A5. A new C-Class coupe would therefor occupy the same market sector and be the same size as the existing E-Class coupe, somehow I can't see MB doing that...

From what I've heard, both the CLC and B-Class will be replaced by a new small hatchback based on a shorterned W204 platform to rival with the BMW 1-Series. That essentially takes the segement the A-Class currently occupies, so they will replace that with something smaller to compete with the Alfa MiTo, MINI, A1 and 0-series.

16 November 2009

[quote J400uk]The E-Class coupe is essentially a coupe version of the current W204 C-Class.[/quote]

Not according to Autocar...

"This is the new Mercedes-Benz E-class Coupe, the replacement for the CLK. To be unveiled at next month’s Geneva motor show and due on sale in June, the car represents a departure from its predecessor not only in name but also because it switches from a C-class platform to a modified version of the new E-class’s underpinnings."


16 November 2009

[quote supermanuel]

[quote J400uk]The E-Class coupe is essentially a coupe version of the current W204 C-Class.[/quote]

Not according to Autocar...

"This is the new Mercedes-Benz E-class Coupe, the replacement for the CLK. To be unveiled at next month’s Geneva motor show and due on sale in June, the car represents a departure from its predecessor not only in name but also because it switches from a C-class platform to a modified version of the new E-class’s underpinnings."


[/quote] Nope, Autocar was wrong back then, Mercedes had a lot of folks fooled with e-class coupe, but it´s mostly a c-class, you know, when you look at the option list, no airmatic and some other features the e-class features. It´s all marketing, weird.

16 November 2009

I'm very confused, seem to be lots of reports on the E-Class coupe some saying its W204 (C-Class) based, others saying its W212 (E-Class) based.

Either way, its generally seen as a BMW 3-series and Audi A5 rival, which is the same market segment this proposed C-Class coupe would occupy.

16 November 2009

[quote Autocar]the new C-class coupe has been conceived to replace the CLK[/quote]

[quote Autocar]This is the new Mercedes-Benz E-class Coupe, the replacement for the CLK[/quote]

These two statements contradict each other.

16 November 2009

CL apart, Merc's current coupe policy has got to be one of the most confusing around!!

The previous CLK models were simply coupe versions of the C-Class and aimed at rivals like the 3-Series. The last E-Class coupe (based on the W124) was exactly that - an exec-class coupe which had next to no rivals (bar the Rover 800), while the current CLS is simply an exec-class 4-dr coupe, again with no rivals until the Audi A7 arrives.

As for the current E-Class coupe - i'm confused! Is it a 3-Series, A5 and 407 rival, despite its name, or a return to a class Merc vacated since the W124 coupe ceased production??

As for CLC......

16 November 2009

[quote J400uk]These two statements contradict each other.[/quote]

The CLK was always an odd beast, neither one thing or the other. The new E Class Coupe seems to be the same. I just checked out the dims on Parkers and the new E Coupe is only marginally bigger than the CLK and is a good bit smaller than the E Saloon. I thought the ELK was supposed to be more related to the E Class than the CLK was, but it seems not. How small is the new CLK going to be then?

16 November 2009

Thanks for the clarification Greg, makes a bit more sense now.

Will be interesting to see the size difference between the C & E Coupes.

16 November 2009

[quote VelSatis23]Mercedes had a lot of folks fooled with e-class coupe, but it´s mostly a c-class[/quote]

The dashboard, seats and interior fittings are all from the E-Class. Im sure the chassis is too. Ive sat in one and its much bigger than the A5 & 3-series, although its priced similarly.

16 November 2009

it's like this: the dashboard, seats and interior fitting are from the e-class. but all the underpinnings, the layout, the chassis is in fact from the c-class. so mercedes are now building two coupés from the c-class. and in four years, they'll kill this new coupé already which hasn't even been introduced and switch to something new AGAIN. dear god, this company seems deeply confused these days. they have no idea of where they're heading. they construct a very good 4-cylinder diesel engine, but combine it with a ridiculously dated 5-gear auto box. what's that? audi has 7-gear DSG already!!! it's nothing but confusion and inconsistency at mercedes headquarters. i see them in deep troubles soon. image-wise they keep being defeated by bmw and audi for a long time now.

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