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After the resounding sales flop of the Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor hatchback, you'd be forgiven for assuming MB wouldn't want to toe the entry-level waters again any time soon. According to Inside Line, though, the success rival BMW has had with its 1 Series Coupe has prompted Mercedes to rethink a new two-door version of its latest C-Class.

The discontinuation of the CLK and the emergence of a new, larger E-Class Coupe means that there's space in Mercedes' lineup for a smaller, entry model that would do battle with the aforementioned 1 Series as well as the slightly larger 3 Series and the Infiniti G37.

Naturally, we can expect a couple of DOHC V6 powerplants, in this case utilizing direct injection for added power and reduced fuel consumption and emissions. The efficiency leader, though, would surely be the rumored hybrid coupled up with a naturally aspirated V6. Interestingly, reports indicate that we may also see a smaller V6 with twin turbochargers designed to battle the 300-horsepower BMW 135i and a range-topping AMG model with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8.

[Source: Inside Line]

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