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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class news, pictures, and information
MERCEDES-BENZ LAUNCHES GRAND EDITION CLK MODELS FOR 2009Mercedes-Benz is launching two new CLK Grand Edition models for the 2009 model year, and only 1,000 copies of the unique limited-edition cars are being produced. The Grand Edition CLK350 coupe comes in Palladium Silver paint complemented by a Tobacco Brown leather interior wîth beige stitching and aluminum trim. The Grand Edition version of the soft-top CLK350 Cabriolet is finished in Diamond White, the Tobacco Brown leather wîth beige stitching and dark brown ash wood trim. Both cars come wîth Sport body styling and 18-inch AMG wheels. For 2009, all CLK models come wîth a standard-equipment six-disc CD changer and heated front seats.
The 2009 CLK-Class Lineup
In addition to the limited-production Grand Edition models, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class includes four fun-to-drive Coupe and Cabriolet models in the Ú.S. market – the CLK550 Coupe and Cabriolet (powered by a 5.5-liter V8 engine delivering 382 horsepower and 391 lb.-ft. of torque) and the CLK350 Coupe and Cabriolet (with a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine).
While CLK Coupe models have come to epitomize stylish personal transportation, the CLK Cabriolet's ability to carry four people and their luggage helps the car succeed in an extremely competitive market §egmènt.
Breathtaking Design and Performance Define CLK-Class
The CLK line can be identified by a signature Mercedes coupe and roadster treatment that places the three-pointed star in the center of a low, three-bar grille, and what appear to be four lights are actually pairs of conjoined ellipses that form a single unit on each side.
The CLK550 features standard sport suspension and 18-inch five-twin-spoke AMG wheels. Available on the CLK350, the Sport package features 17-inch AMG five-spoke wheels for 2009, plus shorter springs for a slightly lower ride height and sport shocks for crisper handling as well as perforated brake discs and brake calipers that feature Mercedes-Benz branding. The interior of vehicles equipped wîth the Sport package features black ash wood trim, a black headliner, black carpets and a special instrument cluster complete wîth white gauges.
High-End Luxury In Mid-Luxury Cabriolets And Coupes
All CLK models come wîth a stylishly sporty and well-appointed interior. The lines of the dashboard are complemented by its soft-touch surface, providing a luxurious feel and high-quality appearance. The instrument panel uses an aesthetically pleasing mix of analog gauges and vertical LCD bar graphs for the fuel gauge and the coolant temperature.
When front occupants close their doors, an electric motor on each side extends an arm that holds the seat belt, making it easier for the occupants to reach them. The belt presenters retract once the seat belts are buckled or after a pre-set time has passed.
Standard luxury features include digital dual-zone automatic climate control wîth a sun sensor to optimize air distribution. The 10-way power front seats are unique to the CLK line. To allow easier access to the rear seats, they automatically slide to the front whenever a seatback is tipped forward.
The CLK §teering wheel is power-adjustable for tilt and reach. Buttons on its spokes provide an easy and convenient way to control many of the car's systems, and the display in the center of the speedometer allows the driver to view the selected radio station, a personal phone book entry or navigation instructions when equipped wîth optional COMAND DVD navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Rain-sensing intermittent wipers and entrance lights add an extra layer of luxury that helps reduce driving stress, and the center console houses two cupholders and a storage compartment.
High-Tech Optional Features
Complete wîth a high-pressure water jet wash system, optional bi-xenon headlights wîth active curve illumination feature dynamic adjusters that shift their beams in response to the §teering angle, providing up to a 90% increase in usable illumination through corners. Other optional features include Keyless-Go, active ventilated seats, an electronic trunk closer and a wood/leather §teering wheel.
The fun-to-drive CLK line uses a strut front suspension wîth split lower links (for better energy absorption in a frontal impact), coil springs, twin-tube gas shocks and a stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is the latest version of the patented five-link design used on all Mercedes-Benz cars.
Rack and pinion §teering delivers precise, direct feel and response while providing an additional safety benefit – the §teering rack is mounted on a deformable aluminum subframe that doesn't impede absorption of crash energy. The CLK also features speed-sensitive §teering, which provides ample power-§teering assist for easier parking and low-speed maneuvers, wîth reduced boost at speed for better road feel.
The 2009 CLK line features standard Mercedes active safety innovations such as ESP stability control, ABS anti-lock brakes, straight-line ASR traction control, and Brake Assist. The latest Mercedes-Benz safety technology includes dual-stage front air bags, front side air bags and, on coupe models, window curtain air bags. Cabriolets are fitted wîth head/thorax side bags in the front.Source - Mercedes-Benz
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