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Mercedes gives its entry-level coupe a major facelift and a price cut

Mercedes-Benz logo13 Aug 2008

By LUCIANO PAOLINO

ALTHOUGH the Mercedes-Benz CLC’s front end styling suggests it is based on the latest-generation W204 C-class sedan that was launched last year, it is actually a development of the superseded C-class Sports Coupe that first appeared in 2001 – though with a claimed 1100 new components, including an upgraded engine and interior. With super-sharp pricing, it is a tremendous value proposition and also drives better than you might expect. The new three-model range, all powered by the same 1.8-litre supercharged petrol engine developing 135kW and 250Nm, starts with the CLC200 Kompressor auto at $49,990, which is more than $8000 less than the equivalent superseded model.
Model release date: 1 August 2008 to 1 August 2011

Previous model

C-class Sports Coupe

Released: December 2001
Ended: January 2008
Family Tree: CLC-Class

The original Sports Coupe was launched as simply a hatchback version of the regular C-class range, with a 2.0-litre normally-aspirated engine, but less than a year later it received a 105kW 1.8-litre supercharged (Kompressor) engine. Over ensuring years, the C-class Sports Coupe gained a more powerful 120kW engine (C200K), V6-engined C230 and C320 variants and also a range of AMG models.

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