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Mercedes Cabrio

CLK drop-top replacement to gain folding metal roof

This is the successor to Mercedes' convertible CLK, which has been knocking around for around six years now. Rumour has it that the CLK is set to be renamed the E-class coupe, in-line with the car it's always positioned itself as - despite being almost identical in size to the Audi A5 and BMW 3-series coupe.

In a move aping BMW's with the open-top 3, the new 'CLK' will replace the fabric roof of the outgoing car with a folding hard-top, in order to keep up with current market trends. Judging by these photos, it seems to be a much tidier design than a lot of coupe-convertibles, with a neat rear end that features rear lights in keeping with the rest of the range, including the new CLC.

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Prices should kick off around £30k with engines ranging from 4-cylinder petrols right up to a 6.2-litre V8 AMG version (with the possibility of a Black series iteration for the coupe). There'll be some big-selling diesels in between. If you want to buy one, you should have until summer 2009 to save up.

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