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Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

Carpedia  ·  October 31, 2019

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class belongs in the compact executive class, representing a hybrid of E-Class design and styling and C-Class mechanicals, placing it between the C and CL-Class. Mercedes-Benz produced this front-engine rear-wheel-drive vehicle in 2-door coupé and 2-door convertible variants. It was in production from 1997 to 2010 and merged back into the E-Class and C-Class after its discontinuation.

First Generation (1997-2003)

The W208 and C208 (coupé) were built for a niche market, featuring luxurious E-Class components but based on the cheaper C-Class platform. Through production, CLK sold 209,382 cars in Europe and 66,431 in the US, for a total of 275,813.

Trim levels available were Elegance, Avantgarde, AMG and Sport.

Powertrain options are limited to petrol engines only, ranging from 2.0L up to 5.4L in the AMG version. They were paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission exclusively. In Australia, the following options were available: 

Second Generation (2002-2010)

Based on the W203 C-Class platform, the new CLK debuted at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. It uses rack-and-pinion steering rather than the recirculating ball used on the first generation. It also uses an aluminium real multi-link suspension and a three-link front suspension. The second generation sold 245,194 cars in EU and 127,627 in the US throughout production, for a total of 372,821.

In 2004 it received handling improvements, DVD-based COMAND-APS system, and centre console layout update.

In 2005 a facelift version was introduced, with changes to the front and rear bumpers, grille and taillights. New 7G-Tronic automatic transmission replaced the 5G-Tronic, while newer models replaced CLK240, CLK320, and CLK55 AMG

In 2006, Mercedes-Benz introduced CLK500 and CLK63 AMG, as well as Sports and AMG Sports trim levels. 

Trim levels available were Elegance, Avantgarde, Sport and AMG Sport:

Powertrain options feature three diesel variants this time, none of which are available in Australia. Petrol engines receive updates and changes to a larger range, from 1.8L to 6.2L in the 63 AMG version. In Australia, the following options were available:


Author: Luka Kusic

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