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You’d think with BMW’s 1/3 Series Coupe doing so well across the world, German rival Mercedes-Benz would’ve had a legitimate answer sooner. Nonetheless, here it is – the CLC’s replacement will soon be upon us. Currently referred to as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, a prototype was caught last week testing out and about.

The latest Coupe from Mercedes-Benz will be in showrooms by mid-2011 and be built on the current highly-acclaimed C-class platform.

Mercedes-Benz US CEO Ernst Lieb told reporters in March that by  offering more C-Class variants, Mercedes will be able to better compete with the likes of BMW, which currently offers its 3 Series as not only a coupe, but also as a sedan, convertible and wagon.

The C-Class Coupe will join the recently released Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.

Engine and specifications are expected to be that of the current C-Class range. AMG variant? Most likely to be powered by a 5.5 litre V8.