Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class debuted in the 1998 model year. The CLK originally came in coupe form, with the convertible becoming available from 1999 to 2003.

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About the Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

The Mercedes CLK is known as a sport coupe that rides more like a grand touring car. The large body of the vehicle goes a long way in creating that effect. The steering remains a bit slow for a sport coupe as well, although overall it offers a pleasant ride. If you want a used Mercedes-Benz, you can’t go wrong with the CLK.

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Features

Mercedes gave a sneak peek of the 2012 CLK at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. Aside from the lower roof line, new aluminum hood, restyled headlamps, and LED running lamps down below, the CLK Coupe stays close in form to the C-Class sedan.

It offers three powertrain options, including a 201-horsepower, 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the C250 and the direct-injected, 304-horsepower V-6 for the C350.

In addition to new engines, the 2012 CLK-Class sports a restyled interior, and innovations such as Attention Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, and Parktronic help keep things in check out on the road.

The 2012 CLK-Class made its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show and went on sale in the United States in July 2012.

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Evolution

The first significant changes for the CLK class came in 1999, when stability control became standard on the CLK430 and optional with the CLK320. This safety feature comes standard across the board in subsequent models, as does Mercedes' Tele-Aid emergency communications system. A manual mode setting also offers an option with the five-speed automatic transmission on all models.

Mercedes-Benz redesigned its midsize luxury coupe for 2003, with new two-door styling that eliminates the middle roof posts. The CLK coupe is based on Mercedes’ C-Class sedan, equipped with a V-6 or V-8.

The CLK320 model packs a 3.2-liter V-6, while the CLK500 holds a 5.0-liter V-8, which replaces the previous 4.3-liter V-8. CLK convertibles continue into another season, with 320 and 430 editions using the 1998 design.

All models include a five-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift feature, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, an antiskid/traction-control system, and front side airbags. Coupes have standard rear side airbags and full-length curtain side airbags. Styling details differ between the two coupe models, but they share the new hardtop design, which measures slightly longer, wider, and taller than the car it replaces.

The CLK320 comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, with 17-inch wheels available in an Appearance Package that also includes aluminum interior trim. The CLK500 offers standard 17-inch wheels and aluminum cabin accents in a two-tone leather package.

All CLKs offer Mercedes' COMAND video-screen control for audio, navigation, and phone functions. Rear obstacle detection is also available for CLK coupes in addition to a power rear sunshade and a radar cruise control to automatically maintain a pre-set following distance.

Other new technological advancements for the coupe include the optional Keyless Go system, which uses a small transmitter to unlock and start the car simply by touch.

Mercedes then released convertible equivalents to all of the above in the 2004 model year. The CLK500 switched from a five-speed automatic to a seven-speed automatic transmission in 2005, and this year also marks the last for the CLK55 AMG coupe model. The navigation system also switches to a DVD-based unit from a CD-based unit.

For the 2006 model year, the CLK320 became the CLK350. Mercedes-Benz installs a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine into this one with the seven-speed transmission.

In 2007, the CLK500 and CLK55 converted to the CLK550 and CLK63 AMG, respectively. The CLK500 has a 382-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8, while the CLK63 contains a 475-horsepower V-8.

The AMG coupe returned in 2008, but only in a limited edition Black Series model, with a 500-horsepower V-8 engine, a racing tuned suspension, and a price tag with a lot of punctuation. Both the CLK63 AMG and the Black Series mysteriously disappeared in 2009.

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