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Trevor Collett | May, 25 2014 | 0 Comments

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly looking to expand its mid-sized C-Class range, by adding a new variant to the growing ‘four-door coupe’ market.

Speaking with Auto Express, Benz’ research and development boss Thomas Weber reportedly said that the expanded C-Class range will go beyond the upcoming convertible and coupe models.

"We will continue with variants that you know, plus some more expansion," Mr Weber said.

"With four plants producing C-Class we have a clear message that we will grow. It is now possible to be much faster and with less money for new models."

Mr Weber all but confirmed that a four-door coupe based on the C-Class was a consideration for Mercedes, saying the carmaker was looking to fill any perceived gap in its model line-up.

"There is room between the CLA and the CLS, we are intensively looking at remaining niches that will provide us with profitability and growth," Mr Weber said.

Such a gap may see the ‘CLC’ name revived for a four-door model to rival the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, with the CLC badge last seen on the rump of a two-door C-Class coupe before the model was phased out.

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLC
2009 Mercedes-Benz CLC

The 2014 C-Class sedan is set to arrive in Australia from July, with local Senior PR Manager David McCarthy confident it can outsell the Mazda6.

The wagon version is due to arrive before the end of this year, while the C 63 AMG sedan and wagon were spied testing in March.

Beyond the C-Class, Mr Weber reportedly said that the Mercedes Formula 1 team would play a more active role in the future development of road cars, with the carmaker even considering a “high-end series production of road cars”, based on AMG models.

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