2009 is an important model year for German carmaker Mercedes-Benz - not only is its new E-Class, which was just unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, going on sale but it is also introducing the next generation CLK.
Now a spy photographer snapped the new CLK - and almost undisguised - giving us the best glimpse yet of the newcomer.
From the photos it is clear that the car will be bigger and more elegant than the outgoing model.
The new CLK (and CLK convertible likewise) will be based on the C-class sedan. It goes without saying, however, that refinement will be done to the chassis to meet expectations of the somewhat more ambitious coupé-drivers.
Visible for the first time in these exclusive shots is the uncovered overall shape of the new model which is somewhat closer to the new E-class than to the current C.
Rumours also suggest the car will be called the E-class coupé and will loose its traditional name CLK and instead be badged “CE”.
Cosmetic changes are complimented by a mechanical makeover, and the addition of technology such as Mercedes' body control system "adaptive damping", plus adjustable steering and body control settings.
Engines will come from the C-class line-up.
We expect Mercedes to officially launch the CLK at the Geneva Motor Show in March with SA sales kicking off in the final quarter of 2009.