World Premiere: The New Mercedes Benz CLK-Class Cabriolet | Part Two

Mercedes Benz CLK-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes Benz CLK-Class Cabriolet (2003)

Soft Top: Opened And Closed By Remote Control

The soft top available in black, blue or grey is a new development. It opens fully automatically (also by remote control), disappears completely beneath an attractive cover in the rear within a few seconds and immediately provides the purest form of open-air driving enjoyment in conjunction with fully lowered side windows. Neither is any manual operation necessary when closing the soft top, as the hydraulic unit does everything necessary and automatically locks the roof in place on the upper windscreen frame.

The multi-layered lining of the soft top provides outstanding thermal insulation and keeps the interior noise level extremely low. The slim C-pillars and large side and rear windows offer excellent visibility to the rear even when the soft top is closed. The new CLK-Class Cabriolet is the best in itS-Class where interior noise, thermal insulation and all-round visibility are concerned.

The boot capacity of 390 litres (acc. to VDA measuring method) is a 40-litre increase over the preceding series – another peak value among four-seater convertibles. Like the soft top, the boot lid can also be opened by remote control.

Safety: Large Sidebags And Automatic Rollover Protection

Other typical Mercedes highlights in the new CLK-Class Cabriolet include the sensor-controlled rollover bar, which extends within fractions of a second when danger threatens, large head/thorax sidebags in the front seat backrests and belt tensioners with belt force limiters for all seats. Automatic belt feeders for the driver and front passenger are also standard equipment, as are adaptive front airbags. The weight of the seat occupant is also taken into account when activating the front passenger airbag. Sidebags for the rear are also available on request for the first time.

A rigid body structure creates the conditions for exemplary safety and a high level of comfort. Approx. 40 per cent of all the bodyshell panels are of high-strength steel alloys which offer maximum safety and stability for minimum weight. The torsional rigidity of the bodyshell – an important indicator for handling characteristics and vibration comfort – has been improved by approx. another 12 per cent compared with the preceding series.

The new CLK-Class Cabriolet also achieves the best marks in itS-Class where aerodynamics are concerned. In addition to a low coefficient of drag (Cd figure) of just 0.30 the new series also exhibits outstanding key values for aerodynamic lift at the front and rear axles. Accordingly the aerodynamics greatly contribute to a high level of handling stability, optimal noise comfort and a favourable fuel consumption.

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Published 7 February 2003 Melanie Carter

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