Mercedes-Benz Launch New Sports Coupé with fun factor

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a stand-alone model series in the guise of the new CLC-Class, 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.

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a stand-alone model series in the guise of the new CLC-Class, the compelling entry-level model in the Mercedes-Benz coup&amily. The Sports Coupó 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 Coup the Mercedes engineers have newly developed or enhanced over 1100 components. Engineering highlights of the new CLC 200 Kompressor include a new direct-steer system for even more agile cornering, state-of-the-art infotainment systems featuring a colour display, DVD-based navigation and media interface, as well as an uprated four-cylinder engine that now develops 135 kW. Fuel consumption has been reduced by up to seven percent compared with the outgoing model.

The compact body dimensions and the muscular lines emphasise the sporty appearance of the new Mercedes CLC-Class. The Mercedes designers have completely redesigned the front and rear so that the Sports Coup%mbodies the contemporary Mercedes design idiom with its distinctive coup2adiator grille featuring a large Mercedes star in the centre, and the new projection-beam headlamps.

The luxurious S-Class Saloon, the stunning CL-Class Coup!nd the award-winning Mercedes C-Class provided the stylistic cues for this new coup-odel.

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 200 Kompressor 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.

For the standard model, a choice of ARTICO/fabric upholstery combinations in black, alpaca grey and a particularly stylish combination of black and red are available to give the interior its individual colour scheme.

CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR EVOLUTION and EVOLUTION with new direct-steer system and 17-inch wheels.

Mercedes-Benz has put together two special design and equipment lines for drivers seeking additional sporting flair. They include exclusive engineering innovations and equipment extras such as uniquely-designed 17-inch light-alloy wheels, wide-base tyres, bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light function and headlamp cleaning system. Another special feature which the Mercedes CLC-Class 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 both the EVOLUTION and EVOLUTION packages 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 CLC Sports Coup`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 seven percent.Mercedes-Benz offers its popular and proven supercharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the new CLC. This 135 kW powerplant in the http://www2.mercedes-benz.com.au/content/australia/mpc/mpc_australia__website/en/home_mpc/passengercars/home/new_cars/models/clc-class/cl203_2.flash.html [CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR

now develops an extra 15 kW (compared to the previous-generation C-Class Sports Coup) while consuming just 8.4 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres (fitted with automatic transmission, according to ADR 81/01) - the equivalent of up to 0.6 litres less than before. The combined cycle fuel consumption figure for the CLC KOMPRESSOR fitted with a manual transmission is 7.8-litres per 100km travelled (according to ADR 81/01), a reduction of more than 10 percent over the previous-generation Mercedes C-Class Sports Coup 

A five-speed automatic transmission is fitted as standard equipment. Mercedes-Benz can also supply a six-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option. In combination with the EVOLUTION and EVOLUTION packages, the driver can use gearshift paddles on the steering wheel to manually select the gears of the automatic transmission and make optimum use of the engine's power reserves when the driving situation calls for it.

Success story: Sports Coup7ith extensive conquest potential:

The new CLC-Class is the successor to a successful Mercedes model, one which has been the choice of some 320,000 drivers around the world since 2001.

The majority of these people were new Mercedes customers.

Its high conquest rate of some 70 percent made the Sports Coup/ne of the most successful Mercedes 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 Coup!nd are currently driving an E-Class, CLK coup/r cabriolet or an SLK roadster.

Key facts at a glance: the Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class Sports Coup2ange

Model: CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR
Power:135 kW
Torque: 250 Nm
0-100km/h: 8.6 seconds
Price: $49,900
Available: Now

Model:CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR EVOLUTION
Power: 135 kW
Torque: 250 Nm
0-100km/h: 8.6 seconds
Price: $53,900
Available: Now

Model:CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR EVOLUTION
Power: 135 kW
Torque: 250 Nm
0-100km/h: 8.6 seconds
Price: $58,988**
Available: Now

*Price does not include dealer delivery and statutory charges
** Price includes 33 percent Luxury Car Tax (LCT) in accordance with Australian Taxation Office (ATO) administrative advice

Thanks to its sophisticated design, high-quality equipment and appointments, and enhanced technology, the new Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class offers even more conquest potential than its predecessor. The CLC Sports Coup)s now available from all authorised Mercedes-Benz dealerships, the locations of which can be found by visiting Mercedes Benz.

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