New Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class Revealed

Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class / Daimler

C-Class' hatchback has arrived

Mercedes-Benz has released the first official pictures of the new C Class Sport Coupe, or else, the CLC, the name the company has decided to give to the hatchback version of the C-Class. In fact, if the German manufacturer had kept the same name, it would be no problem, since it has already kept the old architecture.

The CLC will be produced in Brazil, in the Juiz de Fora plant which Mercedes-Benz built to produce the A-Class. At the end of its production, this facility almost closed its doors before the company managed to find out what to do with it. The solution was the production of the C-Class Sport Coupe, what in part explains why the company has decided to keep the previous platform structure for the CLC. Boot capacity, for example, is the same: 310 liters.

The new CLC, as the company’s press release states, has only had its front and rear end redesigned, in order to follow the sedan's visual identity, but Mercedes-Benz underlines almost 1,100 components have been newly developed or enhanced. We will only know what it means when we drive the car, but the German automaker says the uprated engines (especially the four-cylinder 1.8-liter that pushes the C200 Kompressor and now delivers 184 bhp) and a direct-steer system will provide a much sportier behavior.

The direct-steer system consists of a variable rack ratio associated with a speed-sensitive power steering. To sum up, this means that the driver will have to turn the wheel less in corners, what may be interesting at high speeds.

There will be six powerplant offers for the car: two turbodiesel four-cylinder engines and two four-cylinder and two six-cylinder motors that run on gasoline. They range from 122 bhp to 272 bhp. Fuel economy has been improved by up to 10.8%. A six-speed manual transmition will be standard to all models, with two automatic options, a five-speed for the four cylinder engines and the 7G-TRONIC for the six-cylinder powerplants.

Source: Daimler AG
Published Jan 28th, 2008 1:29am By Gustavo Henrique Ruffo
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The new Mercedes-Benz CLC: Sports Coupé with fun factor

Stuttgart - 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, Europe-wide DVD or hard-disc navigation and media interface, as well as an uprated four-cylinder engine that now develops 135 kW/184 hp. Fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 10.8 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 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. 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.

A choice of seat covers in black, alpaca grey and a particularly stylish combination of black and red are available to give the interior its individual colour scheme.

Sports package with new direct-steer system and 18-inch wheels

Mercedes-Benz has put together the sports package for drivers looking for sporting flair. It includes exclusive engineering innovations and equipment extras such as 18-inch light-alloy wheels, wide-base tyres, headlamps with black inner surrounds, sports suspension with lowered body, leather sports steering wheel and dark brushed aluminium trim elements. 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 sports package 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 up to 10.8 percent

Mercedes-Benz offers four four-cylinder and two six-cylinder engines with power outputs ranging from 90 kW/122 hp to 200 kW/272 hp for the new CLC. The 135 kW/184 hp powerplant in the CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR now develops an extra 15 kW/20 hp while consuming just 7.8 to 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the NEDC cycle - the equivalent of up to 0.7 litres less than before. In consumption terms, with its advanced turbodiesel engines, the CLC falls into the five-litre category: the CLC 200 CDI returns a consumption of 5.8 to 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres in the NEDC cycle, up to 10.8 percent less than the outgoing model. The CDI models boast operating ranges of over 1000 kilometres with a full tank (62 litres).

The six-speed manual transmission comes as standard with all engine variants. Mercedes-Benz can also supply a five-speed automatic transmission for the four cylinder units, and the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission for the V6 models. In combination with the sports package, the driver can use gearshift paddles on the steering wheel to select the gears of the automatic transmission manually and make optimum use of the engines’ high power reserves when the driving situation calls for it.

Infotainment: state-of-the-art technology for navigation and musical enjoyment on wheels

The Mercedes engineers have developed a new generation of infotainment units for the CLC, bringing luxury-class cutting-edge technology to the Sports Coupé as of September 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. A new universal media interface (optional extra) links these devices to the on-board electronics and the Sports Coupé's control system, allowing the iPod tracks to be displayed in the instrument cluster and on the colour screen in the centre console. Tracks can then be selected conveniently using the buttons on the multifunction steering wheel.

The new Audio 50 APS and COMAND APS units come with a Europe-wide DVD or hard-disc navigation system. The LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system, which Mercedes-Benz has upgraded with a new whole-word recognition capability, is fitted as standard if the integrated six-disc DVD changer is specified. LINGUATRONIC enables the driver to conveniently operate the telephone, audio and navigation system.

Success story: Sports Coupé with extensive conquest potential

The new CLC is the successor to a successful Mercedes model that boasts some 320,000 drivers around the world to its name since 2001. The majority of these 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 or an SLK.

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. The public will get the chance to take a close look at the Sports Coupé for the first time at the European Mercedes sales and service outlets and authorised dealerships in May 2008.

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Pharmg806 Pharmg806
Very nice site!
May 19th, 2009 3:14am
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benzboy benzboy
the CLC hummm I would rather but a Smart Car, would be better and more orginal than this. The only thing MB is doing is DEGRADING their own brand,
Feb 27th, 2008 11:51am
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wjaprep wjaprep
Just noticed this, when they have the silhouettes of the coupes, the CLK isnt there... hump...
Feb 19th, 2008 5:32am
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maybachmbenz maybachmbenz
Here's a video of a CLC-Class on the road from EVO Magazine: http://www.evo.co.uk/videos/viralvideos/215781/mercedesbenz_clc.html
Feb 1st, 2008 3:11am
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paulieri paulieri
Mercedes is on drugs.......what are they thinking? It's simple, its a facelifted old body style C Kompressor. They should have just introduced it as the facelifted C class sport coupe. Nice dash and doors from the surplus shelves?
Jan 30th, 2008 11:08am
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paulieri paulieri
It looks like a piece of crap! Looks just like the 2 door coupe compressor that was junk. All it has is a new rear facia and front facia from the new C. What's up with the old dash from the previous car. Lastly, did you see the doors? I guess they were left overs from the shelves.
Jan 30th, 2008 11:00am
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joseferreira joseferreira
I can´t understand if the CLC is a new model or just a facelifted C-Class W203 Sportcoupé.. The brand new C-Class will lost some image with this car.. Not well MB..
Jan 30th, 2008 6:10am
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Pentium Pentium
I like it!
Jan 29th, 2008 11:12pm
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maybachmbenz maybachmbenz
Gone is the somewhat useful (for reversing) clear polycarbonate narrow window just above the taillights. That has now been replaced by an opaque panel housing a really long LED third brake light.
Jan 29th, 2008 8:57am
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Emrys_Myrddin Emrys_Myrddin
Beeing a MB fan and a lover of the old sportcoupe (much better looking than the contemporary BMW 3-series compact) this car is a big disapointment... old interior, warn out design... but still, if not for the 1-series, it would be good... but not up to what MB can do!!
Jan 29th, 2008 8:45am
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german-cars-lover german-cars-lover
Look at that beautiful design , great engines , safety and everything . THAT'S A GERMAN CAR !
Jan 29th, 2008 6:48am
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unknownuser unknownuser
yea and its a pretty crappy german car too.
Jan 30th, 2008 8:17am
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wjaprep wjaprep
As I can tell, alot of you dont like it, but I do like it. I agree it didn't need a new name, nor to be intorduced as a new car, I think Merc should have just intorduced it as the facelifted C class sport coupe. I think the rear 3rd brake light it to long, and I think the shouldve better covered up where the old tail lamps use to be, other than those I like this car. Of corse the inside could be updated but hey, looks simple to use :).
Jan 29th, 2008 6:01am
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paaaaaatrick paaaaaatrick
I hate the rear lights.
Jan 29th, 2008 5:01am
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Penner Penner
I love the interior especially the seats and the colours. I'd rather buy a Passat CC, sorry!
Jan 29th, 2008 4:20am
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benz_man benz_man
The W203 C-class was arguably the worst product Mercedes has ever sold. Why are they still trying to pedal it to consumers? Its a great car, but a sh**** Mercedes!
Jan 29th, 2008 4:05am
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stillthewhizz stillthewhizz
I'd rather have a 1 series coupe - anyday of the week.
Jan 29th, 2008 3:54am
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unknownuser unknownuser
The back of this car is truly ugly as well as the side profile, but the front is actually pretty good looking, slightly even better than that of the current c-class. I thought they would've at least brought in the interior from the c-class though. The back looks like that of an oversized toyota hatchback, but I guess there was some marketing strategy involved.
Jan 29th, 2008 3:47am
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mroctober mroctober
Give us (U.S.) the B-class!!! This car is so..."16 Candles"
Jan 29th, 2008 3:24am
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car.fan car.fan
Audi is untouchable when it comes to design. This car is undoubtedly one of the ugliest Merc's to date.
Jan 29th, 2008 2:46am
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phobos phobos
it is ugly,the ugliest MB
Jan 29th, 2008 1:02am
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Zaskar Zaskar
designerr im not talkin about interior design, im talkin about touch and feel. almost everything in the new c-class feels cheap as hell.
Jan 29th, 2008 12:41am
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