Open-air driving pleasure accompanied by first-class comfort for four occupants – this objective too has been achieved even more convincingly in the new CLK-Class Cabriolet than in the preceding series. Thanks to an increase in all body dimensions (length + 71 mm) and a longer wheelbase (+ 25 mm) this two-door car offers its occupants significantly more space and freedom of movement. Headroom at the front has increased by 23 mm, elbow room in the rear by 30 mm and kneeroom for the rear seat passengers by almost 44 mm.
Further improvements to the Easy-Entry system make for easier access for rear seat passengers, who are provided with comfortably contoured single seats. These are equipped with integral inertia-reel seat belts and height-adjustable head restraints which can be almost fully recessed by pushing a button on the instrument panel.
The standard equipment of the new CLK-Class Cabriolet also includes other systems that significantly improve ride and operating comfort: automatic climate control with outlets in the rear, Headlamp Assist, a rain sensor for the windscreen wipers, cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC, a cassette radio, a reach and height-adjustable, leather-covered multifunction steering wheel with illuminated operating keys and a central display for individual settings.
Innovations adopted from the top Mercedes Benz models make the new CLK-Class Cabriolet a high-tech automobile which is unique in this vehicle class. Optional equipment available includes the proximity cruise control system DISTRONIC, the keyless access and drive authorisation system KEYLESS-GO, the navigation and audio system COMAND APS, LINGUATRONIC voice control for the telephone, radio and navigation system, the intelligent automatic climate control system THERMOTRONIC with a sun sensor or powerful bi-xenon headlamps.
As in the case of the Coupé, Mercedes customers have a choice of two lines –ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE – for the new CLK Cabriolet, enabling them to satisfy their personal wishes with respect to design and equipment. UK prices and specifications will be announced nearer the summer 2003 launch.