A two-door Merc shapes up

The coupe is ex­pected to be out next year, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

AN AF­FORD­ABLE twodoor is com­ing to the Benz fam­ily. The com­pact coupe is a devel­op­ment on the C-Class line and will ef­fec­tively re­place the CLC two-door.

The dif­fer­ence, re­flected in Carparazzi spy pic­tures from Europe, is that the car is a true coupe and not just a hatch­back C-Class.

There is no word yet on a drop­top C-Coupe, but plans are mov­ing quickly on the car and it should be in show­rooms by the mid­dle of next year.

It’s ex­pected to be well priced, though Mercedes-Benz Aus­tralia will not com­ment. But the com­pany ad­mits the CLC dies soon.

‘‘The CLC ba­si­cally fin­ishes at the end of the year. We’ll have run out of stock,’’ com­pany spokesman, David McCarthy says. ‘‘It’s been a huge suc­cess. ‘‘ We’ve av­er­aged 100 cars a month, and it’s been on the wait list for a while.’’

McCarthy re­jects any sug­ges­tion that the CLC has only sold be­cause of its bar­gain start­ing price, cur­rently listed from $50,900.

‘‘Most of the sales have been the mid-level car in the mid-$50,000s. As soon as one comes up they are snapped up.’’

Carparazzi pic­tures of the up­com­ing C-Coupe show a car which is iden­ti­cal to the four-door sedan to the wind­screen, with a very dif­fer­ent look to the sides and tail end.

There is still some cam­ou­flage but the shape of the rear win­dows is clear, and the boot out­line is also ap­par­ent.

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