It’s still officially under wraps, but this is the best look yet at the new Mercedes CLK. Captured barely disguised by our spies these shots show how the next-generation CLK will get sharper lines, more aggressive wheel arches and body creases inspired by the current C-Class saloon. The new Merc will also feature a redesigned front, incorporating new headlights and LED style fog lights.
Tipped to be labelled the ‘CE’ the new Merc will combine the sophistication and comfort of an E-Class saloon with the sporty good-looks of a C-Class coupe.
The cosmetic changes will also be accompanied by a mechanical makeover, featuring new technology such as Mercedes’ body control system ‘adaptive damping’, plus adjustable steering and body control settings. These improvements will aim to bring the new car on par with rivals like the Audi A5 and BMW 3-series.
Rear-wheel drive remains, with engines coming from the
C-Class, ranging from the 1.8-litre petrol found in the C180 to the
3.0-litre V6 diesel unit on the 320CDI. Oil burners are expected to dominate sales, and prices should be close to the CLK’s rivals – starting
at around £26,000.
The next-generation CLK is expected to emerge in 2009, with a range-topping CLK 63 AMG 6.2-litre V8 and a limited edition Black Series becoming available in 2010.