The previous Mercedes Benz CLK is something of an enigma - built around the C-Class platform, styled like the E-Class, and priced in between the two, the car sits in its own unique segment and has no direct competition from its rivals. Its sales history has been a strong success, especially in the U.S., but the car is set to meet its demise with the arrival of the
new E-Class Coupe
in a couple of months and the Cabrio in the middle of next year.
Latest spy shots show a prototype for the Cabrio model testing at Germany's Nurburgring, and as expected it draws heavily from the recent ConceptFASCINATION
. The car will be about 10cm longer than the CLK Cabrio that it replaces and it sticks with a traditional folding soft top.
The engine lineup should mirror the Coupe, which means four, six and eight-cylinder units with outputs from 150kW/200hp to 285kW/382hp - the top end model being the E500/550.
The decision to move the CLK to the E-Class platform will allow Mercedes to introduce a new entry-level coupe and convertible based on the C-Class, finally providing the carmaker with a direct competitor to BMW’s popular 3-series two-door models. You can see a preview of such a car in our previous story by clicking here
The story doesn’t end there, however, as Mercedes is also expected to launch a new ‘shooting brake
’ model based on the ConceptFASCINATION, although no official details about its release have been mentioned.
2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio spy shots
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class Coupe Official