Mercedes Looking To Revive CLK Badge on Next-Gen C-Class

2009 Mercedes CLK-Class
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2009 Mercedes CLK-Class

Four years after Mercedes decided to discontinue the badge, it looks like the CLK is gearing up for a return.

According to Automobile Magazine, Mercedes is planning for the return of the CLK, which will be based on the next-generation C-Class Coupe. Though that may be surprising to some, it shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that the German market, namely Mercedes’ competitors, are all coming up with new models.

So what’s Mercedes to do, right?

Well, bring back the CLK, apparently.

As far as details about the car is concerned, word has it that it will be designed as a highly emotional driver’s car to go with a full plate of engine options, not the least of which could include numerous turbocharged engines.

The plan for the returning CLK is to slot it direct in competition with the new BMW 4-Series and the upcoming Audi A5.

While the CLK is expected to undercut the BMW 4 Series and the next Audi A5 with a coupe and convertible version that will both be available with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

Click past the jump to read more about the car that eventually replaced the CLK, the E-Class Coupe

Mercedes E-Class Coupe

2010 Mercedes E-Class coupe
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Back in 2009, Mercedes decided to ditch the CLK name in favor of the E-Class Coupe, a car that was eventually slotted between the C-Class and the larger E-Class size sedan.

The design of the E-Class Coupe took many of its cues from its sedan brother, particularly the rectangular headlights. Plus, it didn’t have a b-pillar, something the future CLK is likely to have none of too. As far as engines are concerned, the E-Class Coupe was offered with a choice of different powertrains ranging from four, six and eight cylinders, with output between 200 and 382 horsepower.

Source: Automobile

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