Rumor: 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

May 20, 2009

We've shown you the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and driven it for you, too--but what about the potential for a smaller two-door Mercedes for the future?

Motor Authority reports today that Mercedes may already be working on a new C-Class coupe and cabrio dubbed the CLR, which would bring a new niche vehicle to the brand without complicating the lineup too much. They've tried before--the last C-Class Coupe was a hatchback that sold poorly in the U.S.--and aside from the current SLK two-seat roadster, a new C-Class Coupe and Convertible (a more likely name in production than CLR) would give Benz another four-seater to tackle the likes of the Volvo C70, BMW 3-Series Convertible and the 2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible. Powertrains could be shared with the existing C-Class lineup, which could expedite the new model.

Motor Authority posits that the new Coupe and Convertible could appear in 2010 or 2011, and might spawn an AMG variant. We're not holding our breath--but we're not writing it off entirely, either.


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