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Spy Shot Mercedes-Benz CLC Coupe

The compact two-door is closing on production and is pictured during winter testing in Europe.  It shares the front-end update work of the new Benz four-door but takes a new direction behind the doors.

Carparazzi reports that the hatchback tail of the existing CLC is gone and the new car is a more traditional coupe. The centre section of the car - including the roof, doors and windows is all new and unique.

It's not as radical as the rework of the E-Class Coupe, which is now very different from the sedan and four-door SLS, but intended to give the car a more upmarket look. It will also provide more cabin space, one of the complaints about the outgoing CLC.

Carparazzi says the European pricing of the C-Class Coupe is expected to undercut the four-door sedan, although there is no confirmation from Mercedes-Benz Australia of any details.

Meantime, the updating work on the C-Class sedan will be confirmed next week at the opening of the Detroit motor show in the USA ahead of full-scale sales. The car is expected in Australia in the second half of 2011.