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by Matt Brogan

Here’s prove Mercedes is hard working on the next generation E-Class Cabrio (so far called CLK) – and of the fact that the coupé’s beautiful sister will get a retractable hardtop.

Clearly visible is the joint between the windshield frame and the front edge of the roof. The wider disguise of the c-post and the longer boot lid are other details that give away the secret of this prototype.

Yet bigger and yet a bit more elegant than the outgoing model, the new CLK successors will be based on the C-class saloon. It goes without saying, however, that refinement will be done to the chassis to meet expectations of the somewhat more ambitious coupé- and cabrio-drivers.

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Engines will come from the C-class line-up and will include a V8 for a E 500. We expect the coupé to arrive at the dealers in summer 2009 with the convertible following just a few months later.




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